Artist Michael D’Antuono has unveiled his latest painting: “The Conservative Christ.” It shows Jesus holding an AK-47 and holding a pot of gold as He ignores a beggar wearing a rainbow wrist band. Jesus is shown to be indifferent to the man’s obvious needs.
Liberals love Jesus as long as He’s a tax-and-spend leftist. Central and South America have made socialism its new political religion calling it “Liberation of Theology.” There’s nothing liberating about it.
When it comes to religion, liberals will appeal to the Bible if they can use it to empower themselves. If you’ve ever seen the film The Book of Eli (2010) you know what I mean.
It’s true that Jesus fed large crowds of people and healed many others. I find it interesting that Jesus didn’t feed or heal everybody. He never called on the Roman government to tax the people in order to establish a welfare state.
In the Bible, charity is a private voluntary affair as the story of the Good Samaritan shows (Luke 10:29–37). The entire Bible is filled with instructions about helping the poor, but there is not a single example outlining a program of wealth confiscation and redistribution.
Gleaning is the closest we get to it, but notice that the people have to go into the fields and work for the food that has been left behind (Lev. 19:9-10, see also 23:22; Deut. 24:19). Gleaning was hard work. There is an injunction in the New Testament that fits with the labor factor of gleaning. “If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).
Jesus feeding the masses on two separate occasions did not make Jesus an advocate of State-sponsored welfare.
“[W]hen we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision. John Howard Yoder has rightly interpreted that scene: ‘The distribution of bread moved the crowd to acclaim Jesus as the new Moses, the provider, the Welfare King whom they had been waiting for.’”
The use of the gold coins by the author is interesting since it’s an indictment on governments that create money out of thin air (inflation) that ends up devaluing the wealth people hold. The people most hurt by inflation are the poor, the orphan and the widow (Isa. 1:23). Israel’s silver had become “dross” (v. 22)
What about the man with the rainbow wrist band? This is obviously a reference to the new ‘gay rights’ = civil rights movement. Jesus would have accepted him like He did the Samaritan woman (John 4) who was most likely a prostitute who changed her ways and the woman caught in the very act of adultery who He told, “From now on sin no more” (John 8:11).
He would also have pointed out to the homosexual man that God “created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE [Gen. 1:27; 5:2], and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH [Gen. 2:24; Eph 5:31]’?”(Matt. 19:5–6].
While Michael D’Antuono might be a great artist, he doesn’t know much about the subjects of his art.