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What Would Jesus Do?

July 13, 2016

I’m glad you asked. Jesus and Bernie both preach/ed in the long line of Hebrew and Biblical prophets that in the Bible begins with Amos.

This is also America’s prophetic tradition! Among both our religious and our secular prophets.

The prophetic message: in the society of God’s people there has grown a damaging gulf between the rich and the poor, the few who get richer by trading in money and the poor who get poorer although they’re busting their butts.

A compassionate God (Amos was participating in the shift of the archetype) is both merciful and just. He cares equally and enormously for all of his people, and wants the very best for them.

He sees, however, that (1) the rich are mistreating the poor, against the moral imperative of His love, and (2) those rich are claiming to be righteous, to love the poor and to do good things for them.

He sees the rich come out of the Temple, in their finery, and kick the beggars aside. And He just can’t stand the hypocrisy.

He speaks through His prophets to tell His people what they must do, and what will happen to them if they don’t.

We all know what He says.

It’s not a coincidence that Bernie’s family background is Jewish, back through the Old World Jews of Poland and the Holocaust.

If America is, indeed (and this is questionable on all three counts), “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all,” then there’s a divine message in there for us.

Bernie will not get off that message. It’s bigger than Bernie and Hillary combined, and we had best get on with it.

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