Jesus Bar Joseph (sometimes known as “Christ”, especially when you drop a hammer on your foot) took direct and unambiguous action against the Wonga and Cash Converters businesses of the day. He didn’t negotiate; it’s pointless with these types as we have learnt to our costs with the Banking disaster of recent times.
Jesus simply walked up to the moneylenders in the temple and trashed their stalls. No negotiations, no suggestions of compromise. Just good old fashioned action against an evil in Society.
And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house off prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” (Matthew 15.)
And then we have the parable of the labourers in Matthew chapter 20 when Christ calls for Union daily rates of pay. In the story the employer picks labourers for his vineyard at different times of the day. Christ argues that even if the last chosen only work for an hour, they should be paid the same daily rate as those who were chosen first, the argument being that the duty of the employer is to pay a living wage, rather than the minimum he can get away with or a zero hour contract.
Then in Mark Chapter 10 Christ again makes abundantly clear about what he things about money when a man asks whether he can join Jesus on the road; ““Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Throughout his ministry Jesus emphasises the importance of social inclusion, and reaching out to the dispossessed and disadvantaged. The test for socialists is can we extend our belief in social justice to those we find it hard to empathise with? Prisoners being a prime example.
Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life”.
Once again there is no ambiguity. Pure and simple socialist, collectivist principles are called for, and expected to be put into action. In some ways you could say Jesus is in no way a democrat. This is almost and example of pure control state instruction to its citizens as the punishment is hell. Also there is no mention of “deserving” recipients of Christian largesse, we are called upon to help everyone and not question it.
The Tories claim to be Christians. How can they argue with the evidence?