August 25, 2011
What Would Jesus Write in the National Review?
Here is a posting on The Corner by a philosopher named David French. It deals with the well-documented links between poverty and sin. Jesus was dismayed by the same phenomenon. He is on the record as saying, “For ye have the poor always with you,” while twitching the hem of his richly embroidered robe away from some beggar lest it be soiled.
Read French's powerful mini-essay, and then scroll down to this comment, in which it is dissected and its parts laid out for inspection by a reader (almost certainly not named George W.) who seems actually to be poor, or to have been poor once, or at least to have known one or two of the nasty wretches.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 25, 2011 11:26 AM
Screw David French, I'll go with this Quaker's understanding of wealth and poverty:
"I know there is a Calvinistic streak in Quakerism that leads us to believe we are blessed by God if we are wealthy; and there is a sense of pride in that wealth having come by honest and virtuous living; but our wealth is blessed by God only if we are ready to part with it. It is God’s wealth, entrusted to us to do His will. And His will is to lower the mountains and raise the valleys."
I'm not religious but I say amen to those sentiments. David should write an essay on the depravity of the rich. He can start by looking in the mirror.
The lies people tell themselves are numerous, and the filters they apply to reality are strong. Only examining the self can address it.