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He’s Not The Messiah, He’s A Very naughty Boy!

Corbyn

It is no secret to anyone who reads my blog that although I am not a Christian I use the teachings of Jesus, particularly in Matthew’s Gospel as my guide to conduct. What a lot of people overlook is that Jesus’s purpose was to teach people how to live better lives, technically to be better Jews. Jesus does not have much to say theologically, his emphasis is on conduct and personal behaviour. What is very strong in his teachings is a rigorous individual moral responsibility to treat others fairly and kindly. He very obviously had very little regard for social status although he did recognise that people were bound by law. I tend to disregard the scriptural narrative and focus on Jesus’s teachings. However what comes across in the narratives is that the religious and political establishment considered Jesus a bit of a nuisance, an irritation, and a focus for revolt.

As I have been remarking recently as I read St. Paul’s letters is that Jesus didn’t really become a God until Paul started preaching his theology of sacrifice and redemption. Jesus taught that redemption came from regretting one’s bad behaviour and amending one’s personal conduct. He placed the onus entirely on the individual whereas Paul made the individual powerless and placed all the power of redemption on Jesus whom Paul had elevated to the status of God.

I cannot imagine that Paul had much difficulty in turning the human teacher Jesus of Nazareth into the divine Jesus Christ. The narrative suggests that wherever Jesus went he attracted huge crowds. It would seem that many saw Jesus as the promised Messiah who was in Jewish mythology to be a political leader who would restore Israel to greatness. Jesus refused to lead a political revolution against Rome, but his moral revolution had still been disruptive enough to bring about his death at the hands of the authorities he embarrassed.

I think it is instructive to look at Jeremy Corbyn in the light of Jesus because there are some very obvious parallels to be drawn. Jeremy Corbyn is a man of undoubted integrity who is leading a moral revolution. Wherever he goes he attracts huge crowds. Like Jesus he is just a man, a very self effacing man at that, but like Jesus he is passionate for justice. In political terms we talk of cults of personality and there is a real possibility of one arising around Jeremy Corbyn despite his active discouragement of it. There have been fanciful comparisons drawn on the initials JC for both Jeremy Corbyn and Jesus Christ; more worrying is the language, we see like claims that Corbyn is being ‘crucified’ by the mainstream media. Corbyn is in many ways where Jesus was two thousand years ago, a fiercely moral man holding out a vision to the poor, the dispossessed, and the oppressed of the possibility of a better world based on fairness and love. It would only take a little miracle at one of his rallies to bring about a new religion.

Many of the problems of the last two millennia arose from the premature crushing of Jesus’s moral revolution by his death and its subsequent conversion into a tool of oppression. People need to recognise Jeremy Corbyn for what he is, a highly moral and charismatic man who is giving the masses hope that there is a better way for us all to live. He may be the enemy of the establishment’s entrenched attitudes, but only because he wants a better society for everyone, because he gives the people a vision of a better world to aspire to. There is a real danger that in their attempts to crush Corbyn the establishment may turn him into something more powerful, more dangerous. They tried to destroy Tony Benn, but his message and his followers continued to impact debate even after his death. It might be better for us all in the long run to embrace Corbyn’s vision or we may find that Tony Benn was the Bab to Corbyn’s Bahaullah, the John the Baptist to Corbyn’s Jesus Christ. Let the people speak and do not deny them hope, otherwise this could all get out of proportion and the blame will lie squarely with those who deny the people’s will. It is all too easy to turn a naughty boy into the Messiah.

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