Monday, April 29, 2013

The Book of St. ALEC

Greed is good! Greed is God!
The looming question is whether this economic reality is necessarily
unbiblical. In the scope of this paper, we will examine the Biblical indicators that suggest that an existence of income inequality is not necessarily unjust or unnatural. To best understand this, we need to go to Scripture on two fundamental points: the distribution of gifts and abilities, and examples of God’s earthly rewards for stewardship within the context of market exchange. Outside of market activity, God can and does reward the stewardship of our gifts and abilities in alternative ways. It is important to remember that income is derived from market activity; it is one way Christians are rewarded for use of their gifts, not the only way. Dr. Kaiser highlights the Proverbs which tell us that possessions or property can be gained by industriousness (Proverbs 13:4, 14:23), wisdom (Proverbs 3:16; 24:3), or by development of insight (Proverbs 14:15).27
They even go on to cite the Book of Matthew to try to justify their greed.  Yet they somehow missed Matthew 19:24 in their research:
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
It truly amazes me sometimes how far people will go to justify their unjustifiable behaviors.

H/T Gareth


  1. The right wing just can’t stop rewriting history.

    The most egregious example of right wing rewrites is that they forgot that America and our economy were strongest when the middle class was most prosperous. That was when unions were at their strongest. High wages delivered a robust consumer economy. The rich still became richer, except the disparity in income was nowhere near how wide economic inequality has become today.

  2. 4:47, bullseye.