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Norbert Bufka

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Jesus was a socialist - the disciples were communists

In Matthew 25, Jesus urges the people to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsy, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, take care of the sick, and visit those in prison. In Acts 2:44-45, the disciples “had all things in common”.

It is not a good idea to impose modern terms like socialist and communist on the words of the Bible, because these are modern words, but the message is very clear that we are to take care of those in need. Yet our political leaders who claim to be Christian act as if they never heard of these words. The want to deny help to people because the people in need have brought it on themselves, they profess, and don’t deserve our help. This is totally contrary to the words of jesus and the way the early Christians lived.

So let’s not be afraid of candidates who want to help poor people, provide better educational opportunities, make sure everyone has access to good health care, and make our infrastructure safe and workable. These are neither socialist nor communist ideas. They are acts of social justice. The better all people are, the better will be our country.



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