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Jesus As Failed Activist

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Spirituality, Jesus, activism, Geez,

Jesus ProtestJesus was an activist, according to many activists. He fought for the poor and stood up to authority. But after Jesus was crucified, the Romans were not deposed, and poverty and corruption among the Jews remained. “If Jesus is a model for activism,” Will Braun writes for Geez, “he seems to be a model for failed activism.”

Braun’s interpretation isn’t an attack on Jesus as an inspirational figure. It’s an effort to see him as he was, rather than trying to turn him into a mirror for the qualities we admire. Braun writes, “The story of Jesus did not hold for her the promise that the bad guys would be overthrown but that there were certain things that live on beyond the reach of the destructive powers.”

Source: Geez 

jim_6
1/10/2010 5:55:11 PM

after 2000 years everyone knows the name of Jesus, and what he stands for. This is not what I would call a failure.