Jesus is a demagogue. He became a leader by moving the emotions of the populace. The powers that be characterize him as contemptuous, disrespectful, and willfully disobedient concerning their authority.
Jesus is a radical and revolutionary; however, contrary to the characterizations of those invested with a false sense of self-assurance that comes out of the evil in their hearts, Jesus is not a hell-raiser. He is for the peaceful transition from disgusting and repugnant forms of government (organizational order). It is that disgusting, evil government that is violent. It is that government that is hell-raising, greedy, wicked, and decaying. We see it today and have seen it down through history.
That government is in contempt of God. That government is rebellious. It is full of agitators against righteousness. It is full of agents provocateur who go about the globe fomenting and inciting insurrection especially against that which is more righteous. They goad other people and nations. They torment even the righteous. That government also has its hired corporate firebrands who fill the media with calls for the antichrist emotions of greed, vengeance, violence, and all other forms of selfishness. They are extremists in their stiff-necked hardheartedness. It is they who cause the fires. They, the imperialists, are incendiaries.
Yes, Jesus is a radical and a qualified activist. He is about getting at the root cause and effecting fundamental change in governmental institutions, policies, and practices. The root cause of all problems is selfishness that manifests greed, violence, and sexual error. Therefore, he is a non-militant revolutionary. He is for political, social, cultural, and spiritual restructuring. Christ is for organizing (governing) in the way that best addresses human welfare and community in every cultural aspect. This goes to the heart.
It goes to the animating force of being that is God, who cannot be explained away by the scientific method. Those who attempt to do so are guilty of the logical error that is scientism. Also, Jesus's activism is non-aggressive in the commonly understood sense of the term. He is though in a war rooting out evil from thought patterns. It does cause physiological change. This is what we call "spirit over matter," as people use the expression "mind over matter."
Is Jesus a conservative? Yes. He is a social conservative in that he is against same-sex marriage (the sin of Sodom) and abortion (harm and disbelief). However, he is opposed to coercion and punishment. Therefore, the government of the people under Christianity may not rightly coerce or punish but only separate. Jesus is discriminatory and is a segregationist but in very specifically qualified ways.
He discriminates right from wrong, unselfishness from selfishness, harmless and true beneficence from harm, etc. He also says that those who are not of the former (right, unselfishness, harmlessness, and true beneficence that is the opposite of causing scarcity) are not part of the Church. They are outsiders. Those who wish the truth are welcome to come in to learn, convert, be healed, and changed. Those who consider themselves clean but other sinners who are willing and desirous of being cleansed are to be kept out are themselves not of the Church. They have it backwards.
Also, Jesus is a foreign-policy conservative in that he is adamantly opposed to foreign coercive intervention. He is not for blanket isolationism. He is for going among the people to move them to overcome their selfishness and be healed individually and collectively. He is against the human Empires that have and still do practice coercive and punitive imperialism. That includes the United States, just as it included the British Empire and the Roman Empire, etc.
He is a fiscal (financial) conservative in that he is for the restoration and preservation of God's system of handling assets and resources of the Earth and Heaven, which Godly system is opposed to the whole system of money that Jesus rightly termed "unrighteous." He is opposed to taxes, which are coerced by force of arms and threat of imprisonment, etc.; the rich hoarding and to their acquiring via selfish means and for selfish ends; and the system of usury and the evil manipulation of money where booms and busts are deliberately caused by the ultra-rich and where wars and other evil enterprises such as addictive drugs and slavery and other black-market activities are financed and laundered.
Is Jesus a liberal? Yes. He is generous in giving that which is beneficial, which is the true meaning of liberal. He is not, however, for the false meaning of liberal that is morally unrestrained and licentious. He is opposed to harm remember, and licentiousness is harmful without doubt. Harmful is the very meaning of licentiousness. Nothing beneficial comes out of it.
Jesus is real. He is not false in any sense. He is not a false conservative who practices obtaining and retaining power through cunning and ruthlessness, who subordinates moral principles to selfish political goals. He is not a false liberal who doesn't protest or censure sin but rather indulges it.
Jesus is also a Populist in that he is for the common people and against the monopolies of the rich. He is for giving and sharing all with all. He is for voluntary community ownership where the community is all God's children in spirit. He is therefore against capitalist ownership.
The Cynics, however, believe that this is not possible. They believe that people are basically selfish dogs by nature and cannot overcome it. Also the Skeptics believe that the true nature of God is not knowable despite Jesus showing God by doing Godly works.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)