WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? / WHAT DID JESUS DO? – PART 2

Feeding the multitudes by Bernardo Strozzi, early 17th century. (from here)

What happens when we give people a gift they like? Sometimes they are grateful. Sometimes they want the gift, but not the giver. This is a problem that even our Savior, Jesus, experienced. Do you remember the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand using five barley loaves and two small fish (John 6:1-14)? I expect you do, but what about what happened next?

John 6:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

He had fed them. They liked free food. So whether He liked it or not they were going to make Him their King. So Jesus left the area. That, however, was not the end of it. They followed Him. They got into boats and came to Capernaum, where Jesus had gone with His apostles, seeking Him. So Jesus confronted them.

John 6:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Who do we want to lead us? Well, it is important to eat, but only God can miraculously create free food, and He does not seem to want to do that. Jesus wants us to love Him. So Jesus told us to seek from Him the food which endures to everlasting life.

So what about our earthly leaders? What about the promises of politicians? What is the “food” they offer? Since government produces nothing, what can they offer?

  • Our better leaders seek the food from Jesus that endures to everlasting life. All these leaders promise is to work diligently to maintain law and order.
  • Our most deceptive leaders promise us “free” things. To keep their promises they tax us with one hand and give us things with the other hand. Pretending to be that Robin Hood of old they may even go through the motions of taxing the “rich” and giving to the “poor”. Yet is it not odd how often the rich finance and promote their campaigns? Who would have expected the rich to be so generous? Makes you wonder why we have to tax them.

What happens when we allow our government redistribute the wealth? Our politicians discover they have the means to buy our votes. Read The United States Constitution. Consider the Federal Budget. Ask yourself this question. Where does the Constitution give Congress the authority to spend most of the money it spends? We are suppose to be a constitutional republic. The founders chose this form of government to protect the rights of the individual (see THE ADVANTAGE OF A REPUBLIC OVER A DEMOCRACY).

So what is the problem? Why would we choose deceptive leaders over those better leaders. Why would the Apostle Paul have to write this?

2 Thessalonians 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Truth be told we don’t like to work. We like something for nothing. Consider a famous statement from former president George W. Bush in context.

There are jobs that just simply aren’t getting done because Americans won’t do them. And yet, if you’re making 50 cents an hour in Mexico, and you can make a lot more in America, and you’ve got mouths to feed, you’re going to come and try to find the work. It’s a big border, across which people are coming to provide for their families. (from here)

Americans will do those jobs. They just won’t do them for the same low pay. That’s why America’s elites (people like George W. Bush) want open borders. They crave inexpensive labor to operate the factories and the other capital assets they own.

The fact we don’t like to work — don’t even like to pay some one else to work for us — is why slavery still exists. We are always conniving to get something for nothing. Hence, we must avoid the temptation to use government to get something for nothing.

More readings on the Social Gospel.

Why does the Social Gospel exist? Part of the problem is how we read the Bible (See King Solomon, Translate Wisdom, Interpret or Interpolate? Post One). The problem with interpreting the Bible is that we usually want it to mean or fear it means something besides what it says. So if we are not sufficiently devoted to Jesus Christ, we can easily find ourselves saying the Bible says what it does not say.

For Part 1 in this series => WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? / WHAT DID JESUS DO? –PART 1.

 

 

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  1. One of the problems how to fix itchy ears is, “it’s important to find out what is causing the irritation,”

    Sometimes hearing truth can make a person’s ear itch so bad it hurts.

    But the reality is, I agree with you, my statement “won’t cause any ears to itch,,” That is because most people neither want to ”find the cause,” nor, “hear the truth,” for fear it may cause them to bear and any discomfort.

    If interested in some quotes about “the truth hurts,” check out this link.

    https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/truth-hurts.html

    If interested in itchy ears

    https://www.hear.com/useful-knowledge/itchy-ears/#c142377

    Regards and good will blogging.

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      1. Tom,

        I was not aware of the verse when I wrote my reply comment.

        “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

        Kinda scary how this prophetic verse truthfully describes what appears to be occurring in our contemporary times that relate to secular school teaching, and in USA politics, in my opinion.

        Thanks for clarifying.

        Regards and good will blogging.

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  2. Tom,

    Your choice of verse is thought-provoking and translates well with your message about the failings of government management on immigration, jobs, and feeding and housing Americans who won’t work even though they are physically able.

    Somewhere between Christian values of being charitable to those in need, and the wisdom of hospitality, “to feed them and they will come,” are links between wisdom and love in the Bible.

    For example, Proverb 25:17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he be weary of you, and hate you, appears to be one link, in my opinion.

    We should also consider that there were no government social benefits to early American Immigrants and the present American National Debt.

    Another clue link may be that even Jesus Christ has laws for people to enter His Kingdom.
    I agree with your message about government replacing religion is another link.
    Length of time another link. For example, the Good Samaritan provided help the person in need until he healed.

    Lots of links to consider, all relating to wisdom and love messages in the Bible, if only people would take the time to study, understand, and apply in person and government management, perhaps the problems in the USA might lessen?

    Thanks for your mention to my post.

    Regards and good will blogging.
    ..

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    1. @Scatterwisdom

      Thank you for the compliment and for a thoughtful comment.

      Another clue link may be that even Jesus Christ has laws for people to enter His Kingdom.

      That thought isn’t going to scratch any itching ears.😱

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  3. I’m basically in complete agreement here,Tom, but I’m still going to mention a couple of potential problems. Most people actually DO like to work. There’s really nothing sadder than long term unemployment and a bunch of morose and depressed people just trying to put one foot in front of the other, desperate for work

    People want to be able to provide for themselves so badly, some will actually resort to selling drugs and other criminal enterprises. I think President Trump has been fixing some stuff, but before he came into office,it was becoming quite clear to me that the economy was so broken, work wasn’t even cost effective anymore. Wages have remained so low, benefits are non existent, most jobs are dead enders, and it is virtually impossible to just get by without 3, four incomes per household. Home ownership is completely out of the question.

    Things are way different then they were 30 years ago and I think many conservatives still don’t get that. They tend to just dismiss people as “not wanting to work” or “being lazy.” We can blame many things,the federal reserve driving inflation, minimum wage, the only wage you’ll ever get, driving up the cost of goods, mandatory insurance premiums that exceed your income. Union dues. Taxes. The Gov has practically regulated people right out of work.

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    1. @IB

      Interesting comment. No serious disagreements.

      I agree people like to work, but some jobs are much more desirable. There is that thing we call drudgery. It seems better to be a slave master than a slave.

      I too am happy with Trump’s accomplishments. I think the next big thing we need to focus on, if we can get a handle on immigration, is school choice. Lots of the problems you described come from the fact we have not educated people well enough. A monopolistic public education system is just a dumb idea.

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