Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard

What follows is a quote from a New York Times story about today's utterly surreal and, in my opinion, near-blasphemous Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall, on the 47th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. I don't think I could come up with a more off-base interpretation of what Jesus stood for if I tried:
Becky Benson, 56, traveled from Orlando, Fla., because, she said, “we believe in Jesus Christ, and he is our savior.” Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with what she called the redistribution of wealth in the form of the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare. “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you,” she said.
Oh really? How's about this, from 1 John 3:17–18:
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
Or any of these Bible verses concerning how one should treat the needy.

These people are seriously out of whack.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Excellent! Written by a man who clearly has a far better understanding of Jesus Christ than so many who attempt to justify their actions based on their self-serving misappropriation and distortion of the very principles of grace, mercy, forgiveness and unselfish love for all that defines the life of Jesus.