On Jesus, Bernie Sanders (or Liz Warren) and Doing Unto Others
Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, as I'm sure you're all aware.
I will be voting for Bernie Sanders, but believe that both his and Elizabeth Warren's policies--medicare for all, expanding social security, housing for all, cancelling student and medical debt, the Green New Deal, and even a wealth tax--are most aligned with the way I see Jesus and practice Christian values of any 2020 candidate, including Trump, and I’d like to take some time to explain why.
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." Matthew 19:21
For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I 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.” Matthew 25: 42-43
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
I don't claim to know exactly what Jesus meant in these verses....I don't plan to sell all my possessions tomorrow, nor can I say that I'm selfless in my time and resources. What I do believe, though, is that these verses are important and uncomfortable. In the Bible, when Jesus is asked how to enter the kingdom of God, these are the types of things he says. How we treat those around us--"the least of these"--matters, and according to Jesus, a significant part of following him is staked in how we treat the world and people around us.
So, how do we apply that? I don't know exactly, but here are a few of my thoughts. From what I read above, I don't believe that Jesus would want a single person to die because they can't afford medical care--and he calls us to intervene. I don't believe Jesus would want a single person to live without housing or social benefits--and he calls us to intervene. I don't believe that Jesus would want a world in which EIGHT people hold more wealth than the more than 3 billion people who live in poverty. Those people hold enough wealth to end every crisis of poverty in existence and would still end up with more money than they could ever spend in a lifetime. So in that, too, I believe Jesus calls us to intervene.
Bernie Sanders, of course, is not the only person in the race that addresses these issues, and this argument applies well to Elizabeth Warren and fairly well to some of the other candidates. However, Bernie is my pick, and that's why. I hope that you'll all take a break from listening to the media, the stoked fear of "socialism" (which none of the above policies actually are) and consider another side.
If you read all of that, I'm thoroughly impressed! Thanks for your time. Have a great week. <3