Che vs Jesus

I recently got married and spent my honeymoon in Cuba. I was not in Cuba for more than a day before I started to wonder who this guy was on shirts, books, pictures and everything else. I soon found out his name was Che Guevara but I did not know anything about him. As soon as my wife and I got back from our honeymoon I picked up a book about Che and started reading.

The historical Che was part of four revolutions in Guatemala, Cuba, Congo, and Bolivia. He of course was a key factor in bringing Fidel Castro to power. During his tenure in Cuba he also promoted revolutionary causes all over the world. His final goal was to start world war III by mobilizing Latin America to overthrow the United States and therefore all of the western imperialists, and implement socialism throughout the world.

As I started reflecting on the life of Che, I was really impressed by his devotion to other people. It was the  poor people, which he met on his travels through Latin America, which moved him to be part of these revolutions. He sacrificed his own life so that others could have freedom. He preached that the new socialist man should derive his joy from serving others, which he himself exemplified.

Jon Lee Anderson, in his book Che Guevara, A Revoltionary Life, summarizes Che's life:

"There, and in Cuba, the Congo, and Bolivia, the men he believed in consistently failed him, and he consistently failed to understand how to alter the fundamental nature of others and get them to become "selfless Communists." But, along with his mistakes, what is most remembered about Che is his personal example, embodying faith, willpower, and sacrifice (pg. 724)."

The life of Che Guevara is remarkable in many aspects. Some have compared Jesus to Che in an effort to show that Jesus is a revolutionary just like Che. Although Che's selflessness for other people is commendable there is only superficial comparison between the two.

Che said, "I beleive in the armed struggle as the only solution for the peoples who fight to free themselves and I am consistent with my beliefs. (pg. 599)"

Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48"

Che's love for people moved him to lay down his life for those he loved and kill his enemies. Jesus's love for people moved him to lay down His life for those He loved and his enemies. Jesus died for those who hated Him and knowing that we could not transform ourselves on our own, He gave us His Spirit to transform us into the new man.

As Christians, the question we must ask ourselves is do we love like Jesus did or do we love like Che did? Do we love those we don't like or do we talk behind there back? Do we help those in need or do we only help those we like? Do we hold bitterness against people or do we seek restoration? Do we...? You fill in the blanks!


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