CNN’s Belief Blog has a ground zero report about how preachers and pastors have had a hard time tackling What Would Jesus Do (WWJD) about the Great Recession, or more accurately, what does the Bible say about Jesus and money and could it be applied to today’s problems. The main reason, the article says, is that they don’t want to piss off their wealthy donators, who are usually conservatives.
I’m not sure how much of a SURVEY the writer did, but for the purposes of this post, I will assume the writer has significant stats to back up the article. (I just asked three people who go to Church every week and only one of the three said that the religious leader tackled the Great Recession in a serious and objective manner, which matches what Jesus says about money in the Bible.)
According to the article “Preachers confront ‘last taboo’: Condemning greed amid Great Recession” (do a search) pastors don’t like to touch this topic because it’s too divisive, involves politics, class warfare, and frankly exposes Church goers as having beliefs that Jesus wouldn’t approve of. Let’s face it, Churches love rich people, and evangelist Churches blur religion and entertainment while they take cash.
The good news is that “Preachers confront ‘last taboo’: Condemning greed amid Great Recession” does feature some open-minded religious leaders who DO honestly discuss how all parties (“the people”, the Fed, government, banks, etc) have showed some aspects of greed that led up to the collapse.
So here’s a NEWSFLASH for Bible readers:
Jesus is OK with you paying taxes. Jesus is NOT OK with greed and loving money. Jesus would NOT be okay with you living above your means by feeling entitled to a house even though you had no credit. Jesus would NOT be okay with Lazy Man Ethics at the loan level (lenders allowing ANYONE to get a loan + inept watchdogs). Jesus values the poor. Jesus wants you to work and take pride in your work. Jesus doesn’t believe in hoarding treasure. Jesus is OK with injustice committed by governments, because everything will be OK when Jesus returns, and He will judge everyone. Jesus said to keep holy things holy and secular things secular. Jesus speaks of charity but not redistribution of wealth. Jesus wants you to have unwavering FAITH in Him.
You may find a passage or line and take it out of context to show otherwise, but the vast majority of passages support that social inequality will always exist until He returns. Or maybe not. Maybe the Bible is so full of contradictions and mistranslations that no one has a right to ask WWJD because any passage can support any idea. I have no stake in it, so don’t really care either way. Just sayin’….
The Blame Game, Pointing Fingers, Apologizing, and putting on blinders on gets old real fast- from both the Left and the Right and the Rich and The Poor. This ECONOMY is EFFED right now with no real signs of getting better soon. If you say you are a Christian, follow the most consistent lessons attributed to your God to deal with it.