Personally, I don't think progs give a whit about following Jesus. They simply want conservatives to "follow" -their- own puny and pitiful views of Jesus which morph to fit their cause de jour.
Jesus was a conservative capitalist and would have supported Ronald Reagan and Welfare to Work (the only good thing that came out of the serial sex-offender's tenure as prezzy.) He would have driven a Ford pickup and encouraged his followers to never, never buy a Chevy Volt. Further, he would command His followers to sell their Prius and buy an AR-15. He would have supported Home Schooling and advised others to abandon the gulag of America's rotting public education.
He would have overturned the tables of the moneychangers in Congress and the Senate and when hauled before America's Pontius Pilate in the White House He would remain silent when demanded to answer the question; "What is Truth?"
He would never dignify the petulant and petty losers that 'rule' America with the merest nod to their self-serving prevarications.
Put that in your Prog pipe and suck it Victoria.