Jesus was a bit of a revolutionary. The first evidence that give in my statement that Jesus gave us Democracy is the fact that it was in the Christian West that produced our modern Democracy. I am going to show you the teachings of Jesus that produced the resultant Democratic movement.
Jesus taught ” Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5 :48 ). Now, He was not kidding when He made the statement, and He reinforced the statement by adding the principle of there being a Judgement, “That whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matt 5″22). This teaches that all will be judged for your personal actions after this life. Put these principles together and you have a condition where God looks upon you as an individual, and as you consider the idea of your being judged you have to look at yourself as an individual.
Individualism was the preferred mode of personal growth over the collective model of control over the individual. In Individualism you can best become your best Self. The collective model is much like throwing crabs in a bucket, and when one crab tries to climb out of the bucket another crab or two will inevitably pull the one trying to raise itself back down to the rest of the group. These two models can be plainly seen in America being a nation of individuals whereas China is a nation of collective thinking. If someone in China was to try something unconventional the group would pressure the individual to conform. You can see the models on a macro level via innovations. The West has a track record of product development on a skyrocketing level since the advent of the printing press printing out the first Bibles. China, on the other hand is a Nation that has not been innovators, rather they have copied the product ideas of the West, if they haven’t outright stolen the ideas.
There is a danger inherent in Individualism that had to be addressed. With an individual that is focused on him or herself there is a danger of becoming self-centered and selfishness, so the individual had to have a way of personal development and growth without slipping into the negative sides of Individualism.
So, if Jesus was serious about the individual growing to be the best Self He had to give us some tools to help the individual. He then gave teachings that taught the individual how to look at oneself through loving and helping others. “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 31) Loving ones neighbour was the second of the Great Commandments, the first was loving God. Jesus, making a clarifying statement that all the laws hang on these two laws. Expounding on the idea Jesus stated “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matt 7: 12). The Golden Rule would come out of this statement, that began about 1690, “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you”. This would be a guiding influence amoung Christians for hundreds of years.
Serving others would become the norm for doing good, ” Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” (Luke 17: 33). You would save your life by losing your life in the service of others.
Further Jesus expanded the understanding of loving ones neighbour as living in harmony, unity, kindness, forgiveness, and consideration. This was a necessary condition to grow a Democracy, a fertile ground for individuals to unite in a common voice, where individuals would freely choose to bow to the good of the group (the 41% bowing to the will of the 51%), rather than to be forced by the pressure of the collective or an oppressive law by a dictator.
In a Christian Individualistic society members could work to better themselves financially, the profit motive is important, but with an eye to also help those who are less fortune than oneself, “He (Jesus) answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise”(Luke 3: 11).
This is where Capitalism has failed. Capitalism is built on wonton greed; it is not built on the principle of the betterment of society. We are reaping the inequity of the greed of the 1% in the Capitalist model. We must recognize what we have lost as a society by letting the greed of men rule the World, with its accompanying diminished Christian heritage through its dominance and emphasis. If we recognize the loss of our Christian beliefs so we can begin to see their value to our lives and reinvest them into our lives and promote them into the greater society. We need to value these teachings and value the Democracy that we do have. I believe Democracy was a gift given to us from Jesus Christ to better our lives.
You will note that in all the times of darkness, throughout the Dark Ages, that is was the beauty in the teachings of Jesus Christ that caused men and women to have hope for a better world. And though there were Kings with the crushing fist of power, it was the hope for Jesus’ better world that caused men to give up their lives to achieve that better world for those whom they loved. This is the most worthy of all gifts, to give up our lives in the service to your fellows, whether that be in politics or in your personal lives.
I hope that my article my be your beginning of a revival to a better life for you and we collectively can promote these teaching in the making of a more beautiful society. A heartfelt Merry Christmas to my readers. I hope you will enjoy this gift I give to you; a You Tube clip of Bing Crosby and David Bowie.
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