Jesus Is Just Too ‘Woke’ for Republicans

Ted Millar
7 min readAug 31
Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

In the twenty-fifty chapter, verses 31–46 of the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ’s disciples ask Jesus how to continue being with him in heaven. He responds:

The King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Jesus’ disciples start panicking because they never saw him hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, or imprisoned.

Anticipating that response, Christ replies:

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Take care of the least among us — the poor, the sick, the hungry, the unhoused, the incarcerated, the oppressed, immigrants.

The essence of Christianity.

Yet every one of the least among us Christ exhorted his followers to take care of happens to be the most demonized and scapegoated by the very group of people purporting to be the most “Christian”.

We’ve all seen social media accounts of right-wingers displaying images of Jesus and/or a cross with profiles touting “God,” “guns,” and “freedom” in the descriptions, followed by anti-immigrant, pro-gun, racist, homophobic posts.

Right wingers worship a warrior Jesus, a Jesus who shoots back, hits back, lays down law and order against criminals and immigrants, who rains down Armageddon against infidels (i.e., anyone not white and Christian).

That might explain why so many so-called “Christians” today are calling the brown-skinned Jewish Palestinian refugee who hung out with crooks and prostitutes and preached a philosophy of unconditional pacifism, urged people to pay their taxes, give away their possessions, was anti-wealth, and anti-death penalty, woke.

Ted Millar

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for The Left Place blog on Substack: Twitter: @tedmillar