Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A lack of caring

“I asked participants who claimed to be "strong followers of Jesus" whether Jesus spent time with the poor. Nearly 80 percent said yes. Later in the survey, I sneaked in another question, I asked this same group of strong followers whether they spent time with the poor, and less than 2 percent said they did. I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.”
                                            Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

We hear the flurry of words
Justifying the unjustifiable

They are lazy
If they are sick it is their own fault
They should just live better lives
They should just get a job

Meanwhile, back at the high rise office building
Back at the tower

The rich sit in $1000 suits
Sipping their bottle water
Or their wine

And figuring out what they can do
To become richer than they already are
Luxury cars
Vacation home
More money they could spend in a life time is not enough

More, more, they must have more
And to get it?

They will leave those they do not value behind
They will strip healthcare from the vulnerable
The disabled
The elderly

All for the sake of another $33,000 for people who are worth millions, even billions
This is the shame of America
This is the shame of those who think others are expendible
Who walk the walk of essential selfishness

This is the sin of America
That we not only do not understand the poor
The pain they go through
What it is like to live every day, on the edge of not enough
What it is like to be homeless
Car less

These rich, do not know, they do not understand
They think the pittance these people get, is a motivation
Not to work
Perhaps they think these people lie around eating bon bons

Many of the work, one job, two jobs, three jobs
Trying to scrabble a living for themselves and their families

Yes that is hard to understand when you make $178,000 and barely work any days at all
And charge most of your expenses to a bottomless expense account
That is hard to understand when you are a CEO and make $5,859 an hour
And drive a car that costs $70 or $80,000 (that’s around 5 years gross salary for a poor person)

Yep, hard to understand
But what really hurts is that in America
The rich (Koch) the powerful (Trump and the GOP Congress)

Not only don’t know
They don’t care.

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