Christianity and Capitalism Conflict

November 27, 2013 in Blog

 

Here are 10 passages from the Bible that will offend most Conservative Christians. I do not intend to question your faith in God, but to question your perception of our Holidays and Capitalism.

These are the words of the lord:

  • I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream. Amos 5:21 (He speaks about the pagans, but Christmas today has become much too similar to the pagan traditions.)
  • Take heed and beware of covetousness(greed), for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. Luke 12:15
  • Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry(worshipping objects/icons/people). 1 Corinthians 10:14
  • Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise! John 2:16
  • Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 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. Mark 10:25
  • All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. Mark 7:9
  • So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:21
  • Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33
  • But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Luke 6:46
  • Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19

America is addicted to consuming. If every person in the world consumed like the average American, we’d need 5 planets. I despise how we idolize people with the most consumption power, in other words wealth. Any middle class American is richer than 92% of other humans, but still feels poor. Our children are showered with presents, treated like royalty, called little princesses; developing values within them that are opposite to that of the gospels you also ask them to believe. Even worse, when anyone stands up to argue that we should stop hoarding resources, share the wealth, or penalize greed, our society attacks their patriotism and socially crucifies them. I don’t have to believe in Christianity to agree with it. Most of Jesus’ followers deserve his punishments, but I wouldn’t wish harm upon anyone. Christians should all be aware that the only time Jesus ever showed aggression was when he flipped over the tables of the capitalists “money changers”.

As an Economist, I understand our country was built on self interest, the pursuit of money and possessions. Capitalism has allowed for a surge in technology, but at what costs? Our lands are becoming depleted of resources and replaced with piles of “sinful” waste. The holidays should be about true conservation, not political conservatism. I understand it is difficult to free ourselves from the traditions we have looked forward to for generations. Sorry to throw a thorn in your Holiday spirit. My spirit is not broken. I am hopeful a new Zeitgeist “spirit of the age” will soon begin, in which the words of ancient figures on morality will once again be valued; no longer will virtue be considered an impediment to progress. How we treat our planet and humanity is more important than any possession or asset.

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