This sentiment is certainly not new amongst political debates.
Liberals (so well versed in Christian theology, they are) will blurt out this cliché, typically followed by a subtle smirk, knowing such a statement will get under the skin of Conservative minded people, only to be accentuated with a soft look of victory, assuming their lazy pseudo-theological/political assessment holds any water. Christianity has long been considered one of the backbones of Western Civilization. Should it come as any surprise that the Left has long tried to apply their own flimsy logic on its founder?
Interchangeable with “Communist” are the words “Marxist” and “Socialist.” Similarly, you’ll often hear “Jesus was a Liberal” from the same circles. This is the Left’s not so subtle attempt at trying to demonize the Right, whom they see as failing to live up, politically, to the prescriptions of Christ. Indeed, the Left seems to have a special talent in painting the Right as the cartoonish, evil, suit and tie, rich CEO types (all white) whose supposed apathy for the poor is only matched by their sociopathic economic policies that seem uninterested in helping those in lower class situations.
Proud Boys know that such a caricature is a figment of the Left’s imagination, much like their Liberal, Bernie supporting, Son of Man.
Nothing more than an outright stupid (but effective) attempt to character assassinate the Right. We’re all a bunch of President Business’s from The LEGO Movie, determined to get rich and crush the poor in the process, wheeling out Jesus whenever it serves us.
Truth is, Jesus was almost entirely disinterested in politics, due to His understanding that government was useless in transcending and rebuilding the spirit of man. That didn’t stop his enemies in their attempt to try and get Him to challenge the political structures of that time. Jesus always saw through them. He was more interested in the root cause of all of society’s ills: the human heart. Exhibiting this tension is Jesus’ confrontation with a man who asked if it were okay for the Jews to pay taxes to Caesar (often cited by Liberals as proof of Christ’s own economic manifesto).
“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” -Matthew 22:21
That man who asked such a question, and so many of Jesus’ opponents were skeptical of Him because he refused to attack political establishments during the first century. Need I remind you of what Christ’s immediate response to this question was?
“So tell us what You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus was aware of their evil motives. “You hypocrites! He said. Why are you trying to trap Me?” -Matthew 22:17-18
The Jews had rightly predicted that the coming Messiah would be one of conqueror like status, and in first century Judea, under the dread of Roman occupation, his skeptics tried constantly to corner him into political discussions.
I see eerie parallels between Christ’s enemies and today’s political commentators who are quick in applying politics to Jesus’ ministry. Our Lord’s insistence on being a productive member of society and more importantly, a productive servant of God, is hardly proof of any Communist parallels. Outside of some Anarchist and Libertarian camps, its not as if the Right claimed that all taxes be abolished, like one might assume to be Jesus’ answer during this exchange.
An argument typically used in the “Jesus was a Socialist/Marxist/Communist” camp, and applied by Sargon himself, are the Nazarene’s instructions to the rich young lord. As the story goes, a rich young lord, approached Jesus and asked what he must do in order to receive salvation. After brief exchange between the two, Jesus went on to divulge the following:
“One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” -Luke 18:22
To give a comprehensive exposition of this moment in scripture, one would need an entire sermon, so I’ll keep it brief. Instead of the banal assumption that Jesus is somehow advocating Socialistic doctrine, lets look at everything in context. The young lord tells Christ that he has kept every commandment, falsely thinking that his self-righteousness and good deeds would grant him salvation. Jesus simply puts him and his self-righteousness to the test. In the off chance you are unfamiliar with this story, our rich friend fails and walks away grieved at the thought of giving away his riches.
Essentially, this is Jesus testing the young man, examining his heart to see if it was in the proper condition to receive salvation.
Are you willing to put Me before everything else? Are you willing to surrender it all? This, of course, is the question Christ asks all of us. Does it mean that if we answer in the affirmative, we can kiss our money goodbye? Certainly not, but it is essential to the Christian faith that God sees that He is more important to us than any Earthly treasure, should we want His presence and grace in our lives. Should you take issue with my analysis, then let us look to the opinion of Charles Spurgeon, one of the foremost thinkers and revered theologians in the history of Western Christianity:
“What was the one thing that this young man lacked? It was the full surrender of his heart to God in Christ. He had not done that. Our Savior gave him, therefore, a command which tested him. He bade him go, sell all that he had and distribute it to the poor. This is not a command which He gives to all men, but He gave that particular command to that particular young man according to his particular circumstances—He saw that he was not the man that could endure to be poor. He saw, too, that he had made his riches his idol.” 
The esteemed Spurgeon aside, this is a point so entirely and comprehensively understood amongst Christians, preachers, and theologians, its irritating to see it so falsely used to either argue in favor of Socialism or at the very least, attempt to illustrate dichotomy between the religious Right and Jesus.
This is one of many passages from the Gospels that the Left are so quick to cherry pick out of narrative, theological, historical, and exegetical context.
Moreover, the Left will confuse His consistent notions to be charitable as more evidence of alleged Communistic thinking. What is going on? The Left’s thinking is so far reaching, so abstract, and so frustratingly vapid, that they can compare CHARITY WITH COMMUNISM? This is a notion so pervasive, one can’t point to Biblical illiteracy as the culprit, but outright willful ignorance.
Of course, Jesus advocates that his followers help the poor, but hardly demands it. Moreover, and probably most importantly for the topic at hand, Christ never, ever, anywhere in any of the gospels, nor the entire New Testament, makes the assertion that such altruism be left in the hands of government. And yet, Christians and the Right are amongst the most charitable people in the entire world .
Reflecting on this idea of Jesus and government, I am reminded of His trial, in which He was detained and questioned by that of Caiaphas (the Jewish high priest), Pontius Pilate (the Roman governor), and Herod Antipas (the Galilean ruler).
Jesus, solemn and relatively quiet, was being passed around in the haze of government bureaucrats, all of whom were almost exclusively concerned with their own political careers and public approval, going through the judicial motions without a second thought of who they were about to execute. I can’t think of a more reliable and damning rebuttal of government than Jesus’s somber and quiet demeanor during this time. This is hardly the first century Communist the Left would have us believe Him to be.
It is not the goal of this author to try and convince anyone that Jesus was a Republican, a Conservative, a Libertarian, an Anarchist, or even a Free Market Capitalist (although we do see free market ideas being practiced in the Old Testament). Such debates are tired, and even beyond that, offensive. The Pharisees and so many of Jesus’ opponents had challenged his authority and teachings by trying to corner him via the political frustrations of that day.
I implore my friends on the Left to cease making the same mistake.