Fraser Nelson

Was Jesus left wing?

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I summarised Radio Four’s “Thought For The Day” as being “Jesus was left-wing too”. Yet a CoffeeHouser says Jesus was the first socialist and has challenged me to find one passage in the Bible suggesting otherwise. My offering is a passage from the First Book of Samuel (okay, pre-Jesus) where God warned him against big government. If the people want a King, the Almighty says, “He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.” A tenth! If only. I suppose if the Almighty suggested the state would consume 41% of national income (Excel, table26) then His followers would not have taken Him seriously.

Anyway, I am sure (if my proposition is correct) that CoffeeHousers can do better than me.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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