Archive for August, 2011


Today’s Sunday school lesson comes to us by H. Lee Sarokin of the Huffington Post, in reference to the current congressional debate over whether we should raise taxes on the producers of this country, or instead slash government waste:

I cannot find any passage in the Bible that says: “Oh Ye Faithful: The poor shall sacrifice so that the rich may retain their wealth,” but that appears to be the fundamental policy of the fundamentalists.

Hmm. How about Exodus 30:13-15.

Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less, when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.

Well, that was easy.

But the Post continues:

I do not pretend to be an expert or scholar on Christian teachings, but I know they are replete with references to caring for the poor, the hungry and the sick.

It sure sounds to me like he is pretending to be an expert on Christian teachings. He is just failing at it. And then in the very next sentence, he refers to real Christians as “Bible-thumpers.” Technically, that is supposed to be a derrogatory term. But realistically, I like Bibles, and I like thumping people. So it seems to me like thumping someone with a Bible would not be a particularly bad idea. You just need to get one that in addition to being a good translation, is also sturdy and made from good materials.