Sometime, around two
thousand years ago, a man called Jesus was born.
Every time I take a stand
against injustice and discrimination his spirit lives on. I know that he’d have
welcomed me into his company, warts and all, regardless of my social status; he
came to bring good news to the poor, the outcast and powerless but, it didn’t
take long (after he was crucified by the imperial occupying forces) for the
powerful to take control of the sundry loose groups of his followers.
Jesus came to turn the corrupt
value system, of those who held power, upside down; to bring light into a dark
age, to set the captives free. The ideals of the early communitarian followers
were soon polluted by dogmatists who bowed to the whim of their political
masters. Passive belief in a set of doctrines rapidly took precedence over an
Although I am not ashamed to be a follower of
this institutionally maligned Jesus of Nazareth;
I often wonder what went wrong! I suspect it’s something to do with bourgeois