Originally created 12/25/96

No pacifist or socialist

The great historian Nesta Webster, reflecting on the importance of Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, noted that He was neither a pacifist nor a socialist. "Christ was not a pacifist when He made a scourge of cords and drove the money changers from the temple. He did not tell men to forgive the enemies of their country or of their religion, but only their private enemies."

"Christ was not a socialist," she continued, "when He declared that `a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things that he possesseth.' Socialism teaches that a man must never rest content as long as another man possesses that which he has not. Christ didn't believe in equality of payment when He told the parable of the 10 talents and the unprofitable servant. Socialism would reduce all labor to the pace of the slowest."

No, Christ didn't advocate any economic or political system. But the good news is He preaches a spirit which, if applied to any system, will lead to peace among all people.


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