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Your Letter: On Jesus and socialism

In his latest letter to the [Pioneer] Journal, Daniel DeYonge tried to claim, among other things, that Jesus Christ was not a socialist. To support this, he used the famous quote, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." The thing is, Jesus never said that. The quote is an ancient Chinese proverb. I learned that in my socialized high school.

Perhaps Daniel was talking about that time Jesus used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people who were listening to his teachings, even after his disciples suggested they force the multitude to buy their own food (Matthew 14:14-21). Maybe he's thinking about that famous part where he tells the rich ruler to sell everything he owns and give the money away to the poor, because "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:18-25). Hmmm. Doesn't sound very capitalistic to me.

I think Mr. DeYonge is making the same mistake many people in the public square do, which is confusing and conflating religion with politics. It's OK to be against socialism. I get that. Just don't make use uninformed statements to try make your point. It ends up reflecting badly upon you and the ideology that you support.

Kevin Klawitter