A seminary prof of mine argued that in context, Jesus refers to his disciples at “my brothers.” See 23:8 and 28:10. And it was in 10:10 that he ordered them to go out with nothing in their hands. So he’s not talking about “the poor” or even “poor believers;” he’s talking about how you receive […]
I don’t really buy your claim that there is any meaningful number of homeless, starving rich people. Also, if the percentage of poor people who make unwise financial decisions is truly small, it seems rather harsh and cruel to take away the freedom of the lot of them to decide how best to spend the […]
Just wondering, does anyone who was outraged over Dave Ramsey’s comments a while back think food stamps, housing allowances, Medicaid, public schools, and so on are demeaning to the poor? Because the premise behind all those programs is that if you just gave a poor person cash, he’s unlikely to spend it on the things […]
Frank Schaeffer described Obama as “humble,” and I stopped reading at that point. Kent enough of the world’s got its attention on my wallet that people will literally march in the streets over it or shut down the government over it. The cool thing about taxes is they’ve eviscerated any last bit of sympathy for […]
But what happens when the boat’s already sailed? Ramsey’s got #6 covered, but what if you’ve already blown it on one or two (or three or five) of the first five? What if you’re a moral failure? What if before your cerebral cortex fully develops (around age 25) you screw the pooch and you do […]
Poor does not equal stupid. No, but the two correlate. The topic of pathological behavior turns stupid rather quickly because if someone cites a statistic saying that 85% of people who are poor do X, someone thinks that it’s a rebuttal to say, “That’s not true! I know a person who is poor and doesn’t […]
You know the old saying: Don’t buy a lotto ticket and a pack of cigs, and you’ve got five bucks for a day. Teach a man to stop buying lotto tickets and packs of cigs, and he saves $150 for the month and doesn’t miss his car payment.
blaming the poor people for being poor “It’s not my fault I went to jail” –Every person who’s ever gone to jail more than once.
Modern Christianity: A place where the assertion that you should not make terrible decisions or have awful habits is considered controversial and offensive. I am extremely pessimistic that anyone who posts on (or probably even reads) this blog has any chance whatsoever to make any dent in the economic structure. We are all victims of […]
I don’t understand people who get outraged over people paying the tax they owe, but not more than the tax they owe, unless they’re other people that they like, and then it’s okay. It’s all very confusing to me.