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LOL!

I was sharing that "What would Jesus do about health care" pic of mine on an LJ community, and someone was arguing against my position with that "render unto Caesar's" quote, also saying "Christ believed in charity. Taxes are not charity." But the funny part is, someone whose username was "anfalicious" responded to that with "Jesus also said you should give up your worldly possessions and lead an ascetic lifestyle, so really, taxes are just a way of helping you get into heaven."

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lokicarbis
Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I was always taught that "render unto Caesar" was Christ expressing support for taxation. (And given the era and society, presumably without representation.)
underlankers
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
You are right, but remember that the Romans were the then-equivalent of the old European colonial Empires. It wasn't even Gandhi, who actually did stand up to and resist the local occupying powers, it was a clear call to submit to a hostile foreign authority. One could take a look at that and wonder where the Dommies are getting their treasonous statements from, but to take that in its context you must remember that the Jews were to the Romans just another in their large gallery of subject peoples and to the Jews the Romans were as hated as Tecumseh hated White men.
kinkypriest
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
*chuckle*
Excellent point! B)
underlankers
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
There is virtually no way to spin capitalism, secularism, and liberal democracy out of the Bible. That the American Right attempts to do so is galling, but is very typical of a movement that wants to pretend Adolf Hitler, creator of the Comissar Decree, was a Communist.

Nuhami.
christinaathena
Sep. 2nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Really, to compare taxation in a system like Rome where taxation was for the benefit of an elite to a system like ours where taxation is (at least in theory) supposed to be for the benefit of all is ridiculous to begin with.

Besides, I'd say Jesus was in favor of whatever best helped the poor. In his days that was charity. The government certainly wasn't going to do it!
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