Recently, I was reading the Communist Manifesto, and I came across this excerpt:
In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.
This got me thinking.
I realize that to some of the earlier LDS prophets consider communism to be antithetical to Christianity, but I wonder given Jesus’s role as a Jewish revolutionary, if communists today would have supported him (or rather his movement).
I suppose when we think of communists and revolutionaries, we tend to imagine people more violent than Jesus. However, that doesn’t mean Jesus wasn’t a revolutionary.
One of Jesus’s purposes in coming to earth was to fulfill the law of Moses (see Matt. 5:17), an entirely revolutionary act. And when he brought about his changes through his teachings (see Matt. 5:22–48, for example) and his acts, he was ridiculed, persecuted, and eventually put to death because he dared to challenge the norms and traditions of the society in which he lived.
Sounds like a revolutionary to me.
So, if communists would support Jesus (or his movement) as a revolutionary (as implied by the quote above), I wonder what Jesus would say about the communists.