I sure wish the 'comment' section worked. But, it don't !
I'd like to comment on Voice of Moderation,by Richard Head.
Our adult Sunday School class has been studying Proverbs (Old Testament). Today's lesson was in the 14th chapter. Quoting from verses 20 & 21 (RSV): The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor.
We learn early in life that the 'rich' kids have toys, candies, games, etc. and if we cater to them, we might get to share them. But the 'poor' kids usually don't have much for us to covet or share. Those 'poor' kids are left to feel disliked and abandoned. That hasn't changed since I was a kid and it was the case, even, back when Solomon wrote the Proverbs. It just seems like we all would like to be associated with those who appear to be successful and popular.
Now, read that 21st verse. What does it mean to 'despise' our neighbor? How do we despise our neighbors? Is it when we don't consider them worthy or don't think they have anything for us that we 'despise' their presence? Solomon described that as 'sinning'. What did Jesus say about it? Read in Matthew 25: 31 thru 46. Would Jesus have said, "Cut off their foodstamps and let them go hungry, maybe they will go to work? What does our Bible say about praising the wealthy and rewarding them with more wealth?
Perhaps those of us who claim to be Christians need to think about those verses of Scripture. Is it any wonder that many who don't follow or identify themselves as Christians, think we are hippocrits, when we want to take the bread away from the poor, or, when we want to ignore their health care needs?
Does God put the crooked or incompetent politicians into government positions? Or does he just allow us to make our mistakes? Does God cause us to sin or do we just choose to sin?