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Supply Side Jesus Teaches

Leah Nice
Posted on Feb 03 2016 at 9:37 AM
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I saw a comic book story this week that hits a point that has long concerned me. You can see it here from a nice Christian web site called thejustlife.org.

If you are a good republican and also a Christian, you will  find something to make you think in The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus. We make a lot of jokes here, but this cartoon from Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," is not altogether a joke, and the issue it raises is a lot bigger than Franken or our natural animosity for him. The cartoon asks whether the tenets of unfettered, unregulated, free-market Capitalism can co-exist with Christianity.

The story speaks on the one hand to the Puritan (and Mormon) notion that enjoying riches in this life is a sign that God has smiled on you and you deserve all you can get. On the other hand, it speaks in direct opposition to that Puritan riches' notion of God. It raises the specter of Jesus' turning out the moneylenders in the church and teaching that it is as difficult for a rich man to enter heaven as it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

Capitalism and Christianity – as practiced by Jesus Christ and St. Francis, who also saw an untenable dichotomy between worldy riches and spiritual salvation – do inevitably clash, and those of us who like to call ourselves Christians must find a way to reconcile that clash, if we are to be honest with ourselves. 

Here's the link again: http://thejustlife.org/home/2008/04/04/supply-side-jesus/

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