Part 2 of 5 of My Christmas Story Told From a 21st Century Point of View

Pastor Paul J Bern
6 min readDec 6, 2020

Conservatives Accusing the Incoming Biden Administration of Promoting Socialism May As Well Accuse Jesus of the Same

By Minister Paul J. Bern

(Matthew 6: 24; James 1, verses 9–11; Acts 2: verses 42–47, etc.)

By now most of you already know about comments that certain prominent conservatives in the political world made this past week about the incoming Biden administration and Progressive politics ‘American style’. Religious conservatives have derided progressives unanimously, calling them Socialist or a “commie”. By doing so, it looks to me like the top 1% of the global economic pecking order just tipped their hand. By bombarding the incoming Biden/Harris administration, and other progressives like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and ‘AOC’, with all kinds of insults and sarcastic comments, they have shown their true colors. These religious conservatives are, in actuality, idolaters, and the god they worship is money. In America’s case, it’s the almighty Dollar. Jesus himself said it best: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6: 24) The reason conservatives hate liberals is only because of the prospect of having to share just a little more of their wealth with the poor.

In the past, they’ve even called the Pope a “Marxist,” pointing out that Pope Francis speaks often about “the structural causes of poverty,” the “idolatry of money” and the “new tyranny of unfettered capitalism”. Obviously, say the Pontiff’s pious critics, that’s ‘commie talk’. The clincher for them was when Francis wrote an exhortation in which he asked in outrage: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” See, cried the carpers, that’s proof that Francis is the Red Pope! But wait — I’m not a Catholic, but that was a very good question he asked, one ripe with the moral wrath that Jesus himself frequently showed toward the callous rich and their “love of money.” Indeed, the Pope’s words ring within the deep ethics you find in Jesus’ Sermon on…

Pastor Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium, Wordpress and others. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor, coach