Recently I was privileged to speak before a ladies book club. Midway through, a former English professor announced with an assurance only an academic could accomplish that “Jesus was a communist. That is just a fact.”

A similar notion was recently advanced by a Forbes contributor, Richard Salsman. Salsman holds a negative view of Christian values, considers sacrifice a “vice,” and even begrudges honoring our war dead. But what similarities do Marxism and Christianity share?

Frederick Engels, Karl Marx’s sidekick and benefactor, eulogized that Marx’s greatest insight was, “men must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing before they can pursue politics, science, art, religion and the like.”

Jesus asserted the opposite disavowing that faith is predicated on bodily well-being, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:31-33).

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