Liberty is Liberal
1. Actually the rich don’t “earn” what they get by their own “hard work” alone, but by the “work” of others.
2. Children aren’t born capable of work or even capable of taking care of themselves, no one “pulls themselves up by their own bootstraps”, that is truly as ridiculous as it sounds.
3. Taking care of children is an investment in our nation, so seeing that, let us understand that the poor, and the working poor, who get basic needs met through our taxes, are also a worthy investment if we also give them real opportunities.
4. You can multiply wealth by dividing it, for when the division is more fair, it gives others a chance to add their own talents into the mix.
5. What someone receives in government benefits when not working, this is often not a gift, but a just recompense for what they have already earned or should have earned for their labors, and for which labors they were not paid fairly.
6. Furthermore, people do not live by “bread” or “money” alone but by what they feel rewarded for, we feel rewarded by giving to children and it helps us mentally to give even though they do not generally give back to us with gifts of money.
7. Furthermore, if we give it will be given to us, if we give for the sake of helping and not for mere greed. “A good measure, shaken together, piled high and over flowing.”
8. Plus, we should remember that the first church had everything in common, so that no one was in need. Acts ch 2 verses 45-46.
9. Jesus said that the love of money was the root of all evil, and that it was hard for those wealthy to enter into the “Kingdom of Heaven”. He likened the possibility to chances a Camel would have to fit through the eye of a needle. Something to think about even if the “needle” was not meant literally.
10. Let us remember that the New Testament advised us not to give preference to the rich, but to treat all equally. The rich do not create jobs without other trading partners helping and the includes workers.
11. Jesus also said that loving your neighbor as yourself applied to everyone not just those next door in your socio-ecnomic group. So remember those who come here to work because of dire poverty and stop calling them illegals, especially since God may have a few words about how all the rest of us got here.
12. Judge not that you be not judged, forgive so that you may be forgiven, and open opportunty for all, as this is the true American way, and in fact the way of Jesus, and the way of our Nation’s shining light of freedom. Surely Jesus would support these words on the Statue of Liberty. Do we?
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Jesus was a liberal my friends, and the heart and soul of liberty is, was and will always be liberal.
“He who the son sets free, is free indeed.” Let us be free of greed, full of compassion, harmless as doves and wise, and then my friends we will not waste so very much money on acts of violence and war.
Rev David Mitchel Stow