My on-line friend Adrienne at the Life of a Female Bible Warrior blog is fond of the notion that Jesus would be a modern day liberal in some measure if he were alive today. I think she is right about that. Unfortunately, the Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and high priests of the so-called Religious Right have succeeded in convincing their followers that the word “liberal” necessarily, always, and in all cases means “total and excessively depraved libertine.” That is an outright fundie lie—like so many of the other lies they are fond of telling on the American stage.
Where am I going with this? If you read your Bible closely, you will find that the Jesus of the New Testament really was quite liberal in the best meaning of that word, and he was a radically unconventional and rather rebellious-looking character on the Roman Judea stage of the 1st Century A.D. Always remember. In a dictatorial political and religious environment, making the establishment angry will almost always get you killed. Realization of that fact and the good liberalism of Jesus brought to my mind a famous quote by the late American computer expert and entrepreneur Steve Jobs. I think this quote also applies to the Jesus of Nazareth that I know. Read it and see what you think:
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs (1955-2011)