Mr. Longhofer is twistedly dead-wrong, as is too often the case. He claims that “Jesus was a liberal because he fed the poor and gave out free health care.” Jesus was actually not a modern leftist “liberal,” he was a “classical liberal,” or what we might today call a “Libertarian.” He forgave the sinners, whipped the money-changers (bank$ster$), and excoriated the lawyers, politicians and religious establishment. Something we ought to do more of, in consideration of the dereliction of duty and corruption so rampant in our current system.
But the meat of what made Jesus a Libertarian, and not a “liberal,” was that he and his volunteer staff fed the poor out of their own pockets, and he rendered the “free health care” by their own hands. He didn’t erect massive debt-and-tax-fed government bureaucracies, to saddle the people with government controls, regulations, taxations, coersions, fines, penalties and punishments. He didn’t “erect a multitude of new offices and send a swarm of bureacrats to harrass our people and eat out our substance.”
That is the essential difference between modern “liberals” and Free People: The leftists use theft-by-taxation, and government power to force others to do their will — Free People organize on their own and do things voluntarily. Let us indeed follow Jesus’ example.