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Pre-Passover Progressivism – UPDATED

March 17, 2010 “Nonpaying status used to be a sure sign of poverty,” says Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge. “But thanks to increased use of the tax code to deliver social benefits, incentivize behaviors and funnel money to targeted groups, middle-class families have now been pulled into the growing pool of nonpayers. We’re now in a situation where a record number of tax filers are completely disconnected from the cost of government

Definition of “paying your fair share” in this culture: someone else earns money, the government takes the money, the government gives ME their money. That way I can buy the tatoos, gold teeth, cellphones, smokes, beer and  gourmet ice cream (with food stamps) that are my constitutional right. After all, I’m poor because I own a home that isn’t at Manhattan beach like the guys I watch on MTV “Cribs”, and I have to drive an old corolla instead of the H1 Hummer my favorite stars ride around in.

Right before Passover, during the life of Christ, an interesting perspective emerged – for those of you ‘social justice’ oriented types, take pause & read up:

Mark 14,3: “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box and poured it on his head. And there were some [Judas] that had indignation within themselves, and said, “Why was this waste of ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor.” …Jesus said, “Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always

To the ‘social justice’ evangelicals specifically:  notice that Christ himself states that the poor will always be part of this world…there is no ultimate poverty solution aside from His ultimate return. Anything else is attempting to reimplement  Roman Catholic-“Christendom” on earth – just by a different name.

Next – Was Judas being altruistic with his concern for the poor receiving the proceeds of the perfume? I actually would suggest this is one of the earliest examples *I* can come up with of the current progressive motivation. For that, we have to look at John 12:6.

John 12: 6 “He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it

One for the poor, 2 for me. Three for the poor, FIVE for me….Notice the similarity with this and with the latest Michelle Malkin post? the point of my post here is not “ignore the poor, they need to work harder” but “beware the  humanist based programs that don’t address the root cause of what is really broken”.

I leave you with Chesterton:  When The Times invited several eminent authors to write essays on the theme “What’s Wrong with the World?” Chesterton’s contribution took the form of a letter:

Dear Sirs,
I am.
Sincerely yours,
G. K. Chesterton

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