by: Ronald E. Glenn, editor
If, despite numerous quotes from the Founding Fathers to the contrary, the United States is a Christian nation, and, though Christianity as it has generally come to be known is more influenced by Paul than anyone else, what Jesus says trumps what Paul says, and what the Bible says Jesus said is what he really said, then there’s this thought:
It is generally conceded and accepted that it is the rich who rule this country. That’s what the 1% is about, or the 99% or 98%.
If you take as “rich” being those with a million dollars or more (and that is being extremely generous to the definition of rich) in the United States, then that number is 9,630,000 people. Since the total United States population is around 313,900,000 people, that makes the number of “rich” people just around 3% of the total population.
Then we have this:
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked,” Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?
“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother’, and ‘love your neighbor as yourself’.”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
— Matthew 19:16-24
So the question is this: Why would those, who self-profess themselves as Christians in a “Christian nation” allow (and significantly support and endorse) those who cannot even get into heaven to rule their earth?