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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

‘Jesus had an economic plan’: Was it redistribution?

No, Jesus was not about battling equality

From the piece: 

Jesus’ economic plan was pretty simple: “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” (Mt. 22:21) Putting that Scripture in context, one notes that Jesus was replying to the Pharisees who were trying to trap him into speaking out against the Romans. He quietly turned the tables on them.

Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus condemn wealth in and of itself.

Jesus was born - just like many kids today

From the piece:

No wonder that as an adult Jesus of Nazareth called for a "Jubilee," a time when the unjust economic systems of his time could be substantially reversed. Children of the poor in Jesus' time, as among those conquered by the Romans, would have fared badly. This may very well be why the adult Jesus rebuked the disciples for keeping children away who wanted to come to him, saying children are "the kingdom of heaven" (Luke 18:16), contrasting the Kingdom of God with the Kingdom of Caesar as it affected children.

Today there is a gap is between the "kingdom" of the very wealthy and the lives of the poor and middle class in the U.S. Fully one-quarter of American children now live in poverty. American child poverty is the second highest of all developed nations.

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