When I read this — and I have read this passage many times — I thought Judas sounds just like an SJW. He had left after the incident when Jesus defends a woman who pours Nard over him. His argument is “this was a waste. It should have been used for “good”. He wanted it to be seen as virtuous. (The fact that he was both the treasurer of the group and a thief is important in part, for SJWs often do the jobs no one wants to get power).
What is clear is that Judas did not want the agenda of Christ, so he betrayed him. His agenda was of this world. Such people continue to exist.
Firstly, there is this idea that only the world below counts. A man who is at the head of the greatest religion on earth opens his lewd mouth almost exclusively to blather about peace, social justice, equality and the other idols of the godless social justice warriors like himself. On the rare occasions when the man happens to mention heaven and hell, it is also to promote his commie values: blessed are those who proclaim forced redistribution, building walls in unchristian, and the like.
Secondly, there is the idea that, here below, only political ideas count and everything is subordinated to it. Sport as entertainment isn’t good enough. No, sport must be subordinated to and made an instrument of the same rubbish he goes around talking without pause; because, being an atheist commie, this is the only reality the man cares about, obviously from the comfort of his entire hotel floor.
The woman who spilt perfume knew more about worship than the current Pope. Or Judas.
1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”
6Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? 9For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” 10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 13Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
The question is why. Christ clearly had a sense of proportion, and was speaking of his death, and praising the woman Iscariot had damned. Christ knew that the correct response to the divine is worship. This woman was worshipping in a way that she could. She had done a costly and beautiful thing.
But Judas got worship about as well as the modern SJW gets jokes.
But the real reason, as we all know, is that Godfrey Elfwick did the thing the totalitarian cry bullies of the liberal-left fear even more than facts and reasoned argument: he ridiculed them.
It is a truth universally acknowledged by anyone who has spent more than a moment glancing at social media that SJWs can’t do jokes. Or banter. Or memes. Given that social media is mostly about jokes, banter, and memes, this means that SJWs spend their every moment on the internet in a state of near-impotent pique. They cannot strike back with wit or charm or facts or evidence or amusing images of Pepe the frog, for these are all things they singularly lack. So every time they are forced to resort to the only weapon in their armory: censorship.
The reason they can do the censorship thing is because, by unhappy accident, most of the dominant tech sites – not just Twitter, Facebook, and Google but also ones like Patreon which recently cancelled Lauren Southern’s account because she’d committed the crime of being a conservative – are run by liberals who want the whole world to think and act like liberals.
This explains their appalling double standards.
Judas is given to us as a warning. Do not become self-righteous or priggish. Be aware of your own sin.
Do not subvert the gospel to one’s own agenda. And allow the worship of God, even when you think it is a waste.
Lest you also portray God, and Judas consider your payment cheap.
I found this later in the day. A noxious example of the modern clerisy and their intolerance. Please note that the Indian woman is in England, and damning an English poet. If she likes not our poets, she should go back.