490: JESUS WAS AN ANARCHIST

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Here is a quote from a website I found when I entered “Christian anarchism” into a search engine. The full long and rambling text is on howtobecomeachristiananarchist.com. This is just one bit that I like, as it appears to show that Jesus was an anarchist!

Our motto remains: “More Jesus, Less Christ, No God!”
or, if that’s too theological “Live, Love, Laugh.”

In solidarity, Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”

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Jesus was an anarchist

In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, Jesus discovers His disciples arguing about who is going to be the “greatest” in the Kingdom of God.

They didn’t understand that Jesus’ Kingdom was quite unlike the kingdoms of the world.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. {43} Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. {44} And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. {45} “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The word translated “rulers” comes from the Greek word from which we derive our English word “anarchist.”

“Lords,” “rulers” and “great ones” are “archists.”

Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be “archists.” They are to be “servants.”

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(If you are a secular libertarian and you don’t like my public use of the Bible, consider the impact on your life and on the rest of the world if I could persuade 200 million self-professing “Christians” in America to become non-archists, eschew the use of government force to “Christianize America,” and to stop giving their money to archists and to use their money in more Christian ways.)

You may have heard the saying, “Power corrupts.” The man who wrote this, Lord Acton, was a Christian anarchist. (Or prett.y close.)(We think he would be if he were here today.) Most people who have heard that “power corrupts” have not heard the rest of the paragraph. Compare what Lord Acton said with what Jesus said:

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You know that those who are considered archists over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

Why does power corrupt? Because “power” — being a legal “archist” — is a license to do harm to others without doing any time. With no consequences, there is no reason not to be an archist.

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