The Christian nation that loves the rich and hates the poor

Just a quick post today, inspired by a look around WordPress for blogs mentioning socialism that resulted in a 95% return of the “socialism is the great evil killing society” sort of argument. I tripped across one post written by an evangelical with many pronouncements that socialism was coming: he warned us all, and now socialism is out to get us!

I don’t understand how this country is both so self-professedly Christian, while simultaneously so vehemently set against socialism. One post after another accuses the poor of being shiftless and lazy, and that the “liberals” are threatening to destroy the country by stealing the work and even spirit of the noble and productive class. I just don’t get it; I was once evangelically Christian myself. At the time I was socially conservative, but I never shared this attitude. The Bible is clear:

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.

None of the disciples were shrewd businessmen, becoming rich to serve the Lord. They were all presented as destitute in material possessions. This was one of the serious problems I had being evangelical, that I read these verses and took them to mean what they plainly say, yet I could not bring myself to sell everything I owned to give to the poor. And I didn’t see anyone around me in the churches I attended who dared to do so, most of all those who made a profession out of reading the Bible and telling the rest of us what it meant.

I have no idea how the majority of Americans who claim to be Christian reconcile this with their incredible jealousy of their property, their obvious aspiration to become fantastically wealthy, and their vilification of the poor.

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4 Responses to The Christian nation that loves the rich and hates the poor

  1. I can’t profess to know the answer, being an atheist myself, but it’s a damn good question. Slavoy Zizek even thinks Christianity is communist at heart!

    I wonder what a right-wing Christian would say to you. Interesting post.

  2. truelibertarian says:

    In response to christofpierson, Christianity can’t be communist, because part of Christian (and Jewish) doctrine is to establish a monarchy.

    Anyway, I almost completely agree with this blog. However, I’d also like to add that modern society is attempting a vilification of the rich as well. Don’t hate people because they have money. Yes, not giving charity when there are those who need it is disgusting, yeah, buying a $50,000,000 painting when so many Somalian children are starving to death makes me want to break some legs, but it’s their money. And I don’t believe in government-based redistribution of wealth.

    I also find the American fear of socialism to be simultaneously humorous and terrifying. It’s ridiculous how ignorant we are. I don’t know how many Americans actually understand socialism, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 1%. After all, 80% of Americans do not believe in evolution while 95% of Americans think the theory of evolution states we came from monkeys.

  3. I was just rereading old blog posts and read a comment from you on one of them. Wanted to check in to see what you were writing about lately. I’ve been through a dry spell myself, but not as long as yours. Here’s hoping the rains come for both of us.

    Happy new year (belatedly).


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