Tea Party patriots (as well as most Republicans) are determined to do what it takes to see ObamaCare repealed. But the persuasive argument always used by misnamed “progressives” is something like, “But there are so many who lack … and Christ teaches us to care for the poor.” The implication is if you favor the repeal of ObamaCare or any other welfare program, you must be a cold-hearted unsympathetic non-Christian.

Let’s find out what Jesus Christ really teaches. Searching the New Testament for Jesus mentioning the poor, we find:

Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21)

Note this was not a command to take care of the poor. It was a command to follow the Christ. Jesus knew, however, that this particular supplicant suffered from a split mind which wanted to serve two masters. He treasured his earthly possessions far too much to completely 100% desire heaven.

But there was surely more to it than that. Other supplicants with different mindsets probably could have simply walked away from their earthly possessions, or given them to their friends, or donated them to an anti-Roman government political party. But this particular supplicant must have also been holding himself back from heaven by his attitude toward the poor. Maybe he was an elitist who considered the poor to be lazy, irresponsible, unworthy rabble. If such an idea was in his mind, he would have needed not only to break his addiction to his earthly possessions, but also to release his judgments and come to see the poor as himself. If that were the situation, then following the suggestion of Jesus would have been “killing two ego-vested interests with one action.”

Nevertheless, some disciples of Jesus must have misunderstood any secondary element of Jesus’ suggestion to the rich young man. They must have thought it was only about caring for the poor by redistribution of wealth. Because on another occasion they murmured among themselves:

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." (Matt. 26:8-9)

But Jesus tried to show them that caring for the poor was not a fundamental priority:

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matt. 26:10-11)

“The poor you will always have with you?”

Does that sound like Jesus Christ wants us to set up a welfare state which discourages voluntary charity by immorally stealing from the most productive people to support those who gain no spiritual value from such schemes?

But wait! There’s more! In his modern revelation for the 21st Century, A Course in Miracles, Jesus says this:

I once asked if you were willing to sell all you have, and give to the poor and follow me. This is what I meant: If you had no investment in anything in this world, you could teach the poor where THEIR treasure is. The poor are merely those who have invested wrongly, and they are poor indeed! And because they are in need, it is given to you to help them, since you are among them. Consider how perfectly your lesson would be learned IF YOU WERE UNWILLING TO SHARE THEIR POVERTY. For poverty is lack, and there is but one lack, since there is but one need. (ACIM Text Chap. 11)

In other words, Jesus is teaching us to refuse to see anyone as poor.

So-called “liberals” are like those disciples of Jesus who missed the point altogether. They have it upside-down and backwards. We help the poor by our certainty that they lack nothing, by our certainty that they are equal to us and already have everything they will ever need to be lifted up out of any belief in lack, or resultant condition.

Translated into political action in today’s context, we aid the poor by (1) helping everyone to understand not only that "liberal" ideas will never work, but can only continue to make everything much worse; (2) repealing welfare state programs; and (3) saying to those who think of themselves as poor, “Get rid of all that you have (your belief in poverty) and follow the Christ.”

To better understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"

"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles