October 22, 2017 - Is God Liberal or Conservative?

The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,
for you do not regard a person's status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax."
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
They replied, "Caesar's."
At that he said to them,
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."

Matthew 22:15-21

Jesus did not comment on political issues.  Even the most urgent and egregious political issue of his day – the occupation of Israel by the Romans -  never even seemed to get his attention. 

Was Jesus liberal or conservative?  The answer is, in all likelihood, neither.  Contrary to almost all commentary on him, Jesus did not describe how we should act to be moral.  Rather, Jesus described how God acts and the nature of God’s morality.  It turns out, God is unconditionally loving and isn’t in the blame game at all.  Jesus didn’t reveal this so we can imitate the divine morality and thereby receive reward or avoid punishment.  He revealed it simply as good news.