Letter: Easter heresy
In his letter “Easter economics” (Aspen Times, April 1), Steve Saylor invites us to “dust off our Christian values” as though he understands what those are — indeed, as though Jesus were the same eco-utopian, Marxist egalitarian that Saylor appears to be.
Saylor asks a series of questions, to which my answers differ considerably from his.
First he asks what Jesus might think about our “historic wealth divide.” Apart from wondering what makes it “historic” (after all, it’s hardly unprecedented), he would probably think no more or less of it than of the gap between rich and poor in his own time and place. He might marvel at the fact that the least among us has in many respects a higher standard of living and longer life expectancy than the kings and queens of medieval Europe, and after wondering what became of the lepers and most of the slaves, he might concede that “unfettered capitalism” does have its virtues (including affordable chocolate Easter Bunnies on sale at Wal-Mart).
Saylor then asks if we cannot imagine Jesus “heading straight for New York to occupy the hell out of Wall Street.” Actually, I can’t imagine that. Barabbas maybe, but Jesus? The only thing he rushed to occupy was space on a wooden cross. And as for “barging through the doors at Goldman Sachs and overturning the tables of inequity,” why would he do that? Does Goldman Sachs represent itself as the house of God, the Temple of the Spirit, the pathway to the kingdom of heaven? Not hardly. Jesus saved his anger for religious hypocrites and false teachings.
To be sure, Jesus did indict wealth as being spiritually corrosive and therefore dangerous to the individual, but he left it to that individual to rule over the state of his soul and engage in the charity that a healthy spirit is naturally inclined to. At no time did Jesus prescribe new economic systems that would render the high equal to the low. Indeed the great irony of his teachings is that the poor, the meek and the little children are already blessed beyond the wildest imaginings of the 1 percent.
To conclude, there are no Easter economics — only a message about individual redemption, purchased through the blood of Christ and made available to a responsive spirit.
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