RELIGION • POLITICS

Wealth and misguided Christians

As presented in the New Testament, Jesus (whether character of fact or fiction) grounded his teachings on rules based on the values of love, kindness and charity. What Jesus did not encourage — ever! — was being rich. Quite the opposite!  He relentlessly berated the accumulation of wealth while dauntlessly extolling the virtues of poverty. He always cast the rich as failed and doomed, the poor as honorable and worthy.
Christ’s assessment: If you have wealth, that is your total reward.
Christ’s command: If you have wealth, give it to the poor.

We may not totally agree with such counsel once a good dose of reason is applied, nevertheless it is what the New Testament tells us — blatantly and consistently — that Jesus taught. So why, then, have so many modern-day Christians — most notably: emotionally politicized Christian Republicans — totally reversed the staunch admonitions of the one they claim to be their supreme guide and divine savior?

They have decided that wealth is a right — that there is considerable virtue (and commendable pleasure) in having wealth, in keeping wealth, in increasing wealth, and in denying the less fortunate any portion of that wealth — all of which is in flagrant denial of the commands of the one whom they claim to be their master.

To hold to such belief is not a matter of “interpretation” of what’s written in the New Testament — it is outright denial of it. And it is that philosophy that has pushed the bulk of the nation’s personal wealth into the hands of a few, suppressing income and hope of the massive “middle class,” and stripping the poor of incentive and opportunity.*

This is all done in the name of Christianity! — and that’s what’s really scary. Because when people can be this far off base in determining the efficacy and sanction of their beliefs and actions, then the rest of us are in grave danger of being denied very basic rights. But, as they’ve already repeatedly demonstrated, they don’t care — because THEY know what’s right, since they are under the direction of “god.”

There is one plain, simple, indisputable fact: According to the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the first four books of the New Testament, it is not at all likely — perhaps, even, not possible! — for one to be both rich and Christian.

*It’s interesting to note that while the actions of misguided politicians effect laws that deny benefits to poorer classes, it is much of those poorer classes that empower those same politicians! Apparently those folk live on dreams that deny the reality of what’s actually happening to them — and, must we also consider the possibility that they simply can’t stomach the thought of having a President whose skin pigmentation ain’t quite right? POSTED 10/3/2013