A Community Organizer?

You gotta be kidding me. A Democratic labor leader, Cecil Roberts, said a couple of weeks ago, “I used to be a community organizer and I’m in good company; Martin Luther King was a community organizer. Listen, Sarah, Moses was a community organizer and yes, Jesus was a community organizer.”

This was a slap at Sarah Palin.

Jesus was NOT a community organizer. He was a revolutionary. From the moment of his birth, he upset the world. Check out The Revelation chapter 12. In the spiritual realm and the physical, there was an effort to destroy this baby. He lived within a political system poisoned by power and yet he did not organize protests. He did not run for office or a seat with the elders. He did not seek to be a scribe. He went about doing good.

His enemies criticized him for not being religious enough, made fun of his faith, and insulted him by questioning his ancestry. They falsely charged him with blasphemy; they accused him of being demon possessed and of using the devils power. They hated him like no one else.

 

He lived within a religious system that was corrupted by power and hypocrisy. Yet he did not organize a new branch of Judaism. He went to synagogue and worshiped according to the law.  He honored teachers as a boy and challenged them from his teens until his death. His life inspired the godly and convicted the unholy. His love endeared him to the people. Yet he resisted and even refused to become a community organizer (King). He called people to DO good not to organize.

 

His teachings were radical. Among them… He openly called God, “Abba” the most intimate of terms and taught others to do the same. This revolutionary act ushered in a new way of relating to God. He taught his followers a radical new way to live; to love their enemies, to do good to those who hate, to serve those who are demanding, to give and not expect a return, to be holy beyond the law, to sacrifice self for the good of others, to turn the other cheek, and to be kind to the rude.

 

Some call him a pacifist. These people don’t really know him. He took the time to make a whip and then used it to drive people out of His Father’s house who were turning it into a Super Center instead of the Temple of God. And this was not a one time event, but perhaps a habit. They hated to see him coming. Yet he acted alone. He didn’t even organize his own followers to do these things. He called us to stand for good and righteousness and for our Father.

 

Jesus’ declared a new level of morality. He demonstrated dignity toward women. He upheld the sanctity of marriage and the value of family. He modeled forgiveness, but beyond that, he modeled a refusal to pass judgment when society demanded it. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and rescued those oppressed by the Enemy. In the end, He faced the horrors of hate in his physical body. He bore the weight of the sins of the world on his own soul. He faced the greatest shame and deepest loneliness that a human has ever known and yet forgave his oppressors and loved his own to the very end.

 

Jesus was not a community organizer, he was a radical, revolutionary savior. He changed the world forever. “No one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 7:46).

 

telemicus out

4 Responses to A Community Organizer?

  1. Duncan Campbell says:

    There might be more to this guy Jesus than we first thought. Governments don’t execute community organizers/really nice guys for sedition. Jesus was no Mr. Rogers with Jewish pedigree. Allow me to point to the Ballad of Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound, ca. 1917. I like especially the line “But a man ‘o men was he.”
    ************************

    Simon Zelotes speaking after the Crucifixion.
    Fere=Mate, Companion.

    Ha’ we lost the goodliest fere o’ all
    For the priests and the gallows tree?
    Aye lover he was of brawny men,
    O’ ships and the open sea.

    When they came wi’ a host to take Our Man
    His smile was good to see,
    “First let these go!” quo’ our Goodly Fere,
    “Or I’ll see ye damned,” says he.

    Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears
    And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
    “Why took ye not me when I walked about
    Alone in the town?” says he.

    Oh we drank his “Hale” in the good red wine
    When we last made company,
    No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
    But a man o’ men was he.

    I ha’ seen him drive a hundred men
    Wi’ a bundle o’ cords swung free,
    That they took the high and holy house
    For their pawn and treasury.

    They’ll no’ get him a’ in a book I think
    Though they write it cunningly;
    No mouse of the scrolls was the Goodly Fere
    But aye loved the open sea.

    If they think they ha’ snared our Goodly Fere
    They are fools to the last degree.
    “I’ll go to the feast,” quo’ our Goodly Fere,
    “Though I go to the gallows tree.”

    “Ye ha’ seen me heal the lame and blind,
    And wake the dead,” says he,
    “Ye shall see one thing to master all:
    ‘Tis how a brave man dies on the tree.”

    A son of God was the Goodly Fere
    That bade us his brothers be.
    I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men.
    I have seen him upon the tree.

    He cried no cry when they drave the nails
    And the blood gushed hot and free,
    The hounds of the crimson sky gave tongue
    But never a cry cried he.

    I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men
    On the hills o’ Galilee,
    They whined as he walked out calm between,
    Wi’ his eyes like the grey o’ the sea,

    Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
    With the winds unleashed and free,
    Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
    Wi’ twey words spoke’ suddently.

    A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
    A mate of the wind and sea,
    If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
    They are fools eternally.

    I ha’ seen him eat o’ the honey-comb
    Sin’ they nailed him to the tree.

  2. cindy smith says:

    They take a shot at Sarah… you take a shot at Obama… Its the nature of our politics. Its pickin’ – but I agree Jesus was more than a community organizer, but he indeed had a role in it. When he fed thousands of people with little to go on, that required some organizing and his whole bag was meeting the needs of a community of people, over and over. It’s not an insult and its not the worst thing people ever said about him. It seems a good thing, not evil. Why can’t we recognize any good these people (politicians) do as good and not pick???
    Reminds me of the beating Pres Bush takes daily, still. I prefer everyone look at my strengths and my more pleasant side and I promise to look at you the same? See isn’t that better?? Good, good writing about Jesus, as always… love ya.

  3. Chester says:

    Just can’t take anymore!

    Jesus was the Super Human Community Organizer. Half the descriptions you wrote about Jesus are the things that drive people to serve their community. “He taught his followers a radical new way to live; to love their enemies, to do good to those who hate, to serve those who are demanding, to give and not expect a return, to be holy beyond the law, to sacrifice self for the good of others, to turn the other cheek, and to be kind to the rude.” Much to the disagreement hard-core righties, community organizing is not all about marches and protests! In some noble hearts community organizing is service done from this spiritual understanding that one can reach their community and serve as an example by being an “organizer” and showing their community a “radical new way to live” through the example they set. There is good in what these servants do and the example they provide.

    The continual criticism of these servants is no more appropriate or acceptable than the ones that are thrown at the politicos you support such as I don’t know…your campaign manager being the former lobbyist for the two financial institutions who started the downfall of this housing crisis.

    “Life is a Campaign”, Chris Matthews; We are judged by the things we do, the company we keep, and most importantly the things we say. Our efforts should be spent on bringing light to truth and working to be the example God would have us be. Anything less is a disappointment. I’m glad to have the opportunity to learn others opinions. It’s how we gain perspective and it helps reinforce our own values. But when those opinions are pushed as FACT I begin to disengage as do many others. I caution all of us in these days leading to the election to value bringing light to truth but also value friendship and respect as to not push opinion as fact thereby turning friend to foe. It’s too easy in everyday life and its even easier in politics. We have a duty to be righteous but that comes with the responsibility of being judicious with our actions and our words.

    Scott

  4. Michael Taylor says:

    Ok… Just for the record… This piece was written to point out that Mr. Roberts compared himself to MLK, Moses and Jesus. His point in doing so was to take a swipe at Sarah Palin. My point was to say “Dont minimize Jesus by lumping him in with the likes of MLK, Moses or Mr. Roberts. I never mentioned OBama it wasn’t my point. I didnt even point out the more caustic comment he made comparing Palin to Pontius Pilate. I spent most of my words declaring the surpassing greatness of Christ. He was like no one else and should not be minimized. Dont hear more than I said. MT

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