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Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor

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Is anyone else sick of this phrase as I am? How many celebrities have used this phrase this week? I have seen it all over blogs and it has become a liberal battle cry. But, if I may, can we really examine this statement and see how stupid it really is?

First of all, Jesus was not a community organizer. If anything, Jesus disrupted community life. As a matter of fact, he was occasionally asked to leave by communities. Jesus came to represent a kingdom not a community. Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, Son of Man, King of Kings. The phrase is meant to compare Obama to Jesus. I am not going into that because no one can measure up to that, not even Barrack Obama. Even if you could say that Jesus was a community organizer, don’t draw a comparison between these two.

Now, let’s look at the second part of the slogan, “Pontius Pilate was a governor.” So what? So were Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George Bush. However, if we are going to compare Pilate to anyone, let’s look at what Pilate did. When the community (one that Jesus apparently didn’t organize) wanted to crucify Jesus, Pilate wouldn’t stop it or endorse it. He washed his hands of it. You might say that he voted “present” on that one. Now who does that remind us of? You could even say that the Pharisees who led the way for Jesus to be crucified were community organizers. You see there are many types of community organizers like Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Hitler, etc.  Communities can be organized in different ways for different purposes.

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Written by preservetherepublic

September 16, 2008 at 1:44 am

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  1. Great points. Jesus was “voted out” so to speak by the community he “organized.” Let us hope the communities of this country do the same – albeit in a much more peaceful way. With a simple vote.

    John

    September 16, 2008 at 3:33 am

  2. hope you don’t mind me stopping by your blog. i think that saying that “jesus was a community organizer” is as silly as ridiculing community organizers, which we saw the republicans do time and again at their convention. point is, community organizers do good work–this is all just spin. as for the governor issue–pontius pilate washed his hands because he knew that what was happening was wrong and didn’t want any part of it. he couldn’t convince the jews not to crucify and made it clear that he was innocent of the bloodshed. not quite like voting present. he took a stance when he washed his hands–though not strong enough to do the right thing.

    i think it would be more appropriate to say this–jesus was a political agitator–he was a revolutionary. that’s how some folks think of barack obama, by the way…

    great site! thanks!

    bloominglater

    September 17, 2008 at 4:22 am

  3. Thanks for stopping by. “Political agitator” is a better title for Jesus. There are good political agitators and bad ones. Thomas Jefferson was a political agitator as were all the Founding Fathers. However, so were Fidel Castro and Adolf Hitler. All of these people also brought change and experienced periods of immense popularity (especially the latter).

    preservetherepublic

    September 17, 2008 at 4:49 am

  4. Maybe a technicality here, but Republicans weren’t really mocking community organizers. They were mocking the fact that it somehow qualifies someone to be President. More specifically they mocked the fact that this community organizer was questioning the credentials of a Governor and Mayor.

    Maybe a small distinction, but I think it is important. The reason it is important is because Democrats are using this as a way to invoke offense in community organizers toward Republicans and stretch it even further to calling community organizers a Republican for code for blacks.

    It is no different than Republicans trying to get women riled up over the lipstick thing.

    John

    September 18, 2008 at 3:16 am

  5. Very good point John. Giuliani actually touched on this recently. He explained that he wasn’t laughing at community organizers, so much as that Obama was a lousy community organizer.

    preservetherepublic

    September 18, 2008 at 4:40 am

  6. it is a funny comparison, though, isn’t it? the jews wanted to crucify jesus. they hated him because he brought a new perspective of the world that they knew. they wanted barabus to be freed–they would have rather had the criminal than a good man who was trying to to save them. the more i think about it, the more this seems like a good analogy–save that jesus the christ was the son of our lord.

    i’m sure that there were many who thought that jesus did a lousy job organizing his community, even though the remnants of that community, or the idealogy of that community, live on today. the disciples and jesus’ followers spread the gospel. his message invigorated and energized his community.

    yes, let us pray that our communities use their vote wisely this election–to vote against the pharisees of our day and elect mr. obama president.

    bloominglater

    September 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

  7. Why do Obama supporters keep comparing Obama to Jesus? It is really getting ridiculous. Let’s look at the Pharisees for a moment though. The Pharisees were for more government. They wanted to legislate their viewpoints on everyone else. That is more like the Obama camp if you ask me.
    One more thing, Jesus never organized any communities. He was not a community organizer. He didn’t run a political campaign to further his career. He never lied, unlike the Obamessiah. Obama is more like the antichrist (except the antichrist will be eloquent without a teleprompter) than Christ.

    preservetherepublic

    September 22, 2008 at 2:53 am

  8. This is because liberals and the left have no faith in people or things to stand “Just as they are”. It is their natural inclination to draw analogies or comparisons to artificially strengthen that which is weak on its own. It’s the basic premise of their whole ideology. The left’s world view is that we may have a one man one vote policy, but that’s just an unfortunate flaw. We should really vote as a group and then latch onto other groups.

    It works because it relieves one of the burden of researching and thinking and gives false hope of a better result, which strikes many as either desirable or exploitabale in others.

    Liberalism is needed to check unbridled or unsympathetic conservatism, but beyond that, liberalism is a protest ideology and conservatism is a leadership ideology. Hence the fact that liberals don’t know what to do with power when there’s no one to scapegoat.

    Ted F.

    September 22, 2008 at 7:40 pm

  9. Jesus was a community organizer. how quaint. It reminds me of my favorite Peter Seller’s movie, being there. Obama is their Chauncey Gardner. He’s riding an image of being this messianic everything that every idealist leftist thinks we need when in point of fact he’s nothing at all besides another politician with a different skin tone and an intellectual back story

    “I like to watch”…Chauncey Gardner

    Ted F.

    September 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm

  10. god is the1st.big business of this world i can’t say community, really but rather loobyist of capitalism and vatican is the devil now , it’s the same than the meddle-age ,yes I just without physical torture but only psychical i translate ! whère is charism & charity& what is the compassion in the fact to be accumuling fortunes she is, the most biggest multinationale&she was more preocuped by the fluctuation of the dollar and don’t be care of her childrens who are all brothers and sisters of the planet thats the essential message of jesus and they turn back their faces to her childrens for not to see mysery around the world and to be continued to talk intellectualitys and they live a middle class life where is humility open your eyes, and shutup your mouth with praises for some people who speak and pretend given some lessons of life and near doing contrary in fact!

    Anonymous

    November 26, 2008 at 8:49 am

  11. sorry for my english ! but i’m not perfect and never i want the perfection, it’s the same to god , just one picture for giving a dirrection than humanity must be choose to go to without sentences, without obligation just for the human race think better things and i don’t see that is near us or for to morow human race are généticment, and i ‘m not the only one to think that :Only an mammifère and animal all the days you can see that everytimes in every corners of this planet thanks for hearing my and may your spirit quiet if everybody do that ,to morrow was more better ! for all!!

    mac laud (higlander)

    November 26, 2008 at 9:10 am

  12. It isn’t that I don’t care for my fellow human beings that oppose Obama. I don’t mind “spreading my wealth” how I see fit. I just don’t trust the government to do it for me. That has never worked. When the government takes wealth from others it rarely gets from the government to the people who really need it. Obama is a perfect example of someone who doesn’t practice what he preaches. He wants us to give more but has given less than 1% of his income to help others. I give over 10% so who is Obama to inspire me?

    preservetherepublic

    November 26, 2008 at 1:24 pm


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