In this episode of Truthspresso Express I chat about Jesus and socialism while driving to work.
A coworker recently made the claim to me that Jesus was a socialist. I have certainly heard this claim before, but I figured I would address it.
In part 5 I look at another of the socialist's prooftexts: the account of Zacchaeus. An article I read from a progressive Christian claims that Zacchaeus "got woke." Does Zacchaeus' salvation teach "woke" socialism?
I also observe four points from this story:
- Zacchaeus was a tax collector for a wicked government. His profiteering wasn't free market capitalism.
- Zacchaeus' conversion was different from what Jesus instructed for the rich young ruler.
- Zacchaeus didn't give away all his wealth or abandon his house.
- Jesus immediately taught the anti-socialistic parable of the nobleman's pounds to this same audience.
Chuck McKnight, "Jesus Was a Socialist," Patheos, March 11, 2019.
Herb Montgomery, "Zacchaeus and Christian Support of Destructive Administrations," Patheos, February 14, 2020.
V.R. Marianne Zahn, "Zacchaeus: The Rich Man Gets Woke," Huffington Post, December 12, 2016.
Luke 19:1-10, 16
Proverbs 10:4; 21:5-6
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