I’m chomping on the chocolate bunny (ears first!) that I found in my basket and it occurs to me that believing in Christ’s resurrection requires a capitalist mindset. Certainly, you could be a capitalist without believing in Christ’s resurrection since it requires faith to believe in the resurrection. And, Christ’s primary mission on earth was not to overthrow human forms of government. However, Christ recognized as “good” a legitimate form of human government that espouses freedom, private property rights and representative authority. So, if you call yourself a Christian (as President Obama does) then I think you must also be a capitalist.
Increasingly, I hear Christians carelessly mistake the lessons in the Bible for those in Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto.” I hear Christians praising “social justice” like it’s the 11th Commandment. I want to set the record straight: Jesus Christ was not a socialist and he did not preach “social justice.”
It is unnecessary to believe in the “historical Jesus” to follow the logic of my argument. I personally believe in the passion and resurrection of Christ. However, for argument’s sake in this column, I am not assuming that you, my reader, have “faith” in a historical Jesus. I merely want you to see that the story of Christ—which politicians like President Obama routinely reference to “back up” their socialist policies (think Obamacare and the Buffett Rule) is a story of capitalism, not socialism.
The obvious “hero” in the Bible is Christ. Meanwhile, an obvious “villain” is a man named Judas Iscariot. (If you don’t know about Judas from reading the Bible, you may know of him from hearing from the Lady Gaga song, “Judas.”)
Basically, Judas starts out as a disciple of Christ. His responsibility is to be a treasurer and carry the common “purse” for Christ and the disciples as they travel and preach together. Unfortunately, Judas ends up loving money more than he loves Christ and the poor. While Judas says he cares about the poor, he is not poor in spirit.
Judas is very judgmental and self-righteous. In John 12:4-6, we read, “Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: 'Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?' Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein.”