Browsing the newspapers I see a great many people preaching “social justice in Jesus name.” Jesus would be horrified! The more so in that “social justice” evidently means taking that from those who labor to earn their bread and giving that bread to those who refuse work. That is definitely a radical sophistry – and read the New Testament until you go blind, you will not find a hint of that radical philosophy.
Jesus was not a Marxist – because Karl Marx was 1800 years in the future to Jesus. And Jesus was not a radical. In fact, there are only two radicals in the Bible.
Saul Alinski cites the first, accurately enough, in the dedication for his Rules for Radicals. “Lest we forget; an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical – who rebelled against the establishment and did it so successfully that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
That is one radical. Who is the other? An often mentioned proponent of “social justice.” You probably heard of Judas. Judas Iscariot, who in Matthew 26:14-16 (New International Version) agreed to betray Jesus:
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests
15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Tradition has it that Judas intended to give the silver to the poor, as was suggested in Matthew 26:8-13. But in betraying Jesus, Judas followed Lucifer down the road to radicalism.