A comedic spoof video portraying Jesus if He had adopted perceived Republican positions on issues such as immigration and health care has gone viral online.
The video, published on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday by comedy collective Friend Dog Studios, features an actor depicting Christ teaching His disciples, but taking up social positions in a manner which Democrats often accuse Republicans of holding.
It begins with Jesus holding a little child, and saying “Whoever welcomes one of these little ones in my name might be letting in a murderer or a drug.” He then hands the child over to another disciple, saying, “Let’s get her to a detention center, you know, until we can figure out what’s going on.”
Captions in the video then point to the real Biblical passages that the scenes are spoofing. Mark 9:37 for instance is quoted for the scene with the child, though in reality the verse shows Christ preaching the opposite.
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me,” Jesus says in the real verse.
The scene was likely inspired by the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border and President Donald Trump’s policies of separating thousands of children from their parents and placing them in detention centers.
The video, which has been viewed over 750,000 times as of Tuesday morning, depicts a number of other such scenes. The comedy-version of Jesus in the video says: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, and behold, now I’m all lazy and entitled. You shouldn’t have done that.”
“Do unto others as you suspect they might want to do to you,” he adds in another exchange.
“What has a man profited he gained the whole world but lost his soul? A lot — he has profited a lot. One soul for the whole world? That is an amazing deal,” he continues.
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Source: Christian Post