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  Granted, he said, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's", but he still got involved in criticizing many people in the power structure of Israel. He criticized the leadership of the Pharesee sect, which were the majority of Jews. He apoke out often about what he felt were injustices. He also became an activist and actually whipped those who were lending money in front of the Temple! (Of course, I have heard it argued that there was nothing wrong with lending money in front of the Temple, but that is another story.) Surely Jesus went beyond the non-violent civil disobediece of Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Could you imagine if King took out a bullwhip and started to whip a store owner who wouldn't seat blacks, or a bus driver who sent a black to the back of the bus?

How my friend squares an activist Jesus with her concept that priests mustn't discuss politics at all, I do not know. I think people want to put Jesus, or whatever their image of God is, in a safe box where they can go to meditate and feel relief, rather than confronting the scriptures that describe the actions of those they diefy.
  Author: Von Cello
Eintrag from 29.05.2008
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