What Would Jesus Do about Cuba if He were here today walking among us? Would He be visiting Cubans like Oscar Elias Biscet who is languishing in one of the regime’s Gulags for speaking publicly about his faith in Him? Or would Jesus be attending meetings with the vile dictatorship trying to find a way to maintain the oppressive regime in order to stop the construction of high-rise buildings that would go up on the shorelines of Cuba?
According to Pastor Anne Barber in an editorial that appears in the Bradenton Herald, Jesus would be more concerned with urban blight than the welfare of innocent members of His flock who are paying the ultimate price for their faith.
There is an old-world charm about Cuba that would be utterly destroyed by the invasion of American big business, which would quickly obliterate the pristine shoreline with high rises – for starters. Nor do Cubans on the island look forward to the anticipated flood of pre-revolution-era homeowners rushing back to reclaim land and homes that have long ago been divided and redistributed to those who remained. The people who now live on that land dread the day when wealthy Cuban Americans will return, waving desperately needed money, enticing many to relinquish their tiny homes and land for next to nothing.
It seems to Pastor Barber that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, the Lamb of God, would find it more important not to violate the sovereignty of an illegal, repressive, and murderous regime that has caused the deaths of over 100,000 innocent human beings. Instead, her editorial implies that helping Cuba free themselves of this diabolical tyranny would be far down His list.
Cubans, Pastor Barber tells us, just want to be left alone. They are satisfied with their repressive monarchical dictatorship:
These are a peaceful people, living in a peaceful nation. They are also a happy people, with ready smiles and home-grown humor that defies translation. Yes, they are poor and the country as a whole impoverished. But they’re proud people with an air of quiet dignity. They love their country. They are proud of their country. It is their sovereign nation. They don’t want any foreign nation imposing its standards of government upon them, however progressive that may seem to us.
I cannot speak for Pastor Barber’s version of Jesus, but the Jesus I know, the one I have read about, the one I pray to, would not stand by and try to appease a diabolical regime.
You can read the rest of this disturbing and condescending editorial HERE.