Monday, May 14, 2012

God's QC 8.3.2: Whose Friend?

Here I'll explain how Jesus is a friend to the rich.

In Matthew 26:6-13, expensive burial preparations are performed on Jesus. Someone among Jesus' followers seems to have understood that "the poor" aren't just an abstract policy issue, but rather real human beings who suffer every moment of every day. This enlightened follower balks at the expense and suggests that the money could have been used for the poor. Jesus responds to this suggestion with, "The poor you will always have with you." Really. He really says that. Am I the only one who reads this as Jesus' resignation that poverty is here to stay? Am I the only one who suspects that Jesus is unaware of the actual human beings he is talking about when he says, "the poor"? This is a horrible thing for Jesus to say, and a condemnation to the poor throughout history.

In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus gives us some advice on charity. In these four verses, he mentions the needy a couple of times, but again he seems to recognize them only in the abstract. He doesn't see that any alleviation to a suffering person is desirable, regardless of the internal vagaries of the brain doing the alleviation, especially if the owner of said brain is giving through an intermediary such as a charity and probably will never meet the suffering person.

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus has all sorts of wonderful advice about just living for today and accepting what you have. Special thanks to the YouTuber with this name, which I'm too dignified to pronounce (sluggdiddyyddidgguls), for pointing out that this advice is basically, "Hey poor people, accept your situation and be quiet."

Here we have seen the following from Jesus:
  1. A casual disregard for the genuine suffering of real human beings, resulting in
    1. Unflinching resignation to perpetual poverty
    2. The conceit that a giver's attitude counts for anything when contrasted with suffering
  2. A command to poor people to stay poor and shut up
Jesus is no man of the poor, but clearly, a tool of the rich. He has been of great service to the rich in general for two thousand years, setting an example of casual disregard for the poor. This has perpetuated the genuine suffering of generations of real human beings, all to the benefit of people who, as I have said, have enough luxury in their lives to have a conscience about the attitude the have when they give. Jesus is no savior. He is no champion. He's a poverty-sustaining cancer in sheep's clothing.

That's 8.3.2. Thanks for watching.

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