Comparing Real Jesus vs. Republican Jesus

jesusphilosophyDespite what many Republicans often like to perpetuate, being a Christian and a conservative aren’t mutually exclusive. Millions of liberals and Democrats are Christians or believe in some version of God. In fact, I’ve often argued that the version of “Christianity” that Republicans actually worship has almost nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ – the key figure in Christianity.

It’s just never made a whole lot of sense how they can claim to be followers of the teachings of Christ while vilifying the poor, supporting greed and essentially worshiping violence with their irrational obsession with guns.

So I thought I’d do a little comparison with what Jesus Christ actually said about several issues vs. what Republicans seem to think their version if Jesus would support.

Helping the Poor: 

What the real Jesus said: Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Luke 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Now, what do Republicans say?

Well, one said we should let the poor “wither and die,” while the entire party pushed for billions in cuts to welfare programs, with the largest percentage of welfare recipients being children.


Luke 12:15  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

And what do Republicans do? Well, they oppose raising the minimum wage to help poor Americans feed their families while continually pushing for massive tax breaks for the rich. The truth is, they’ve built an entire economic ideology based on greed. 


Ah, it seems Jesus never spoke on abortion – but we all know how most Republicans feel about the issue. I’ve still yet to have a have one of these anti-choice people explain to me why they don’t refer to a newborn baby as being 9 months old if life begins at conception.


Yet another topic about which Jesus Christ never spoke, though he did come to the defense of a woman guilty of adultery (a sin), saying to those judging her, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

So, I find it a bit difficult to believe that Jesus would come to the defense of a woman guilty of committing adultery, yet support those actively trying to judge and discriminate against homosexuals because they believe being gay is a sin.

Of course, many conservatives seem to believe Jesus would support public ridicule and discrimination against anyone who’s homosexual.

I could keep going, but I think I made my point.

While the Bible is full of all sorts of great, horrific and confusing passages, it’s mostly undeniable that the figure of Jesus Christ (even if you don’t believe he was a real person) is someone who represents hope, love, acceptance, generosity and helping those who cannot help themselves.

And I believe, without a doubt in my mind, that if Jesus Christ were alive today he’d be absolutely ashamed of the fact that the Republican party exploits his name to support policies that represent almost nothing for which he lived and died.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Wes

    Please re-read and edit the first sentence. It makes no sense and discredits your article right up front. Internet “journalism” is a farce these days. I agree with you 100%, but you’re not helping the cause with the dreadful writing!! Please take care with the language. The Right Wing has already abandoned the intellect and scholarship. Don’t fall into the same trap!!!

  • Sydney

    This is a misguided article. Obviously, Jesus said to help the poor. Conservatives believe that should be a decision made by churches and individuals from the heart, not forced by the government.

    The love of money is the root of all evil. If you base your life’s worth on money, your heart is in the wrong spot. This is not saying anything along the line of having money is evil. If you’re poor, and think your life is awful because of it, you’re in love with money. You can’t live life based on money and God. He blesses people with riches so they can bless others. You can’t take the riches and then complain they don’t help the poor.

    Jesus addresses adultery. It is a given that homosexuality is wrong, and always addressed the same as adultery because it is a form of sexual immorality. Calling a sin a sin is not judging. Calling a sinner evil is judging.

    Abortion was not really around during His time. However, God does refer to sins against pregnant women as affecting two people. He says He knew people before they were born. He strictly forbids murder.

    Lastly, since Jesus is God, anything God said was also said by Jesus.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      They only thing that is “obvious” is that God and Jesus are both 1st Century mythological figures. They simply do not, and never have existed. Basing anything on myths is just silly, so please don’t pretend like anything you are saying has any basis in fact or reasoning.

      • Sydney

        How do you know they don’t exist? If God existed, He would be all-knowing. He would be everywhere and know everything. You don’t know everything. Cam you say with 100% certainty that He isn’t there?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yes. I am 100% certain. Just like I am certain that the easter bunny and santa claus also don’t exist.

      • Sydney
      • Sam Roan

        If he is he has commanded you to shut up. Yet you don’t. So what is the point of pretending to follow the bible?

      • Sydney

        You’ve tried that argument three times. And it still isn’t in context

      • Matthew V. Brown

        Ah, Sam…your ignorance is so…”refreshing”. And here I thought this article would just be about “boring” topics like history, Biblical hermeneutics, and compelling exegesis. But “No”…you felt compelled to insert your “sage” advice, “If he is he has commanded you to shut up”. Why, your eloquence just set my head to spinning. By the way, I don’t “pretend” to follow the Bible, I actually endeavor to. You might try doing so sometime. I’m sure you would find it “revelatory”.

  • Victoria Evans

    My friend’s an Academy Award considered filmmaker making movie called “Canaan Land” about how conservatives have hijacked and distorted Jesus teachings, his film will show the real Jesus. Here’s the link:

  • bettyrich

    Yada, yada, yada. Just pick and choose what you will from the bible. That is what makes it true.