Not the Ten Commandments, for sure, but this is still a nice concise primer on a subject with which the the church continues to struggle. Perfect love casts out fear. The church’s fear of homosexuality is a perfect illustration of this. We all need more love and less fear.
To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of welfare. — Norman Mailer
I find it difficult to disagree with Mr. Mailer’s statement. I’ve seen a lot more abuse of government favors by the rich than by the poor.
We find it easy to blame the poor for doing what the rich are praised for doing on a far larger scale. For the poor it is about survival. For the rich it’s about greed.
What do you think? Do you agree? If you disagree I would love the hear why.
You are the Creator and Lover of all that exists. Open our eyes, open our hearts, to the beauty of all you have given us, and let us recognize that beauty in every soul we meet.
Help us to stop judging those different than ourselves, and help us to stop being afraid to reach out in the love and compassion of your Son to meet the needs of those around us who are broken and struggling.
Grant us the wisdom to realize we are all one family, and grant us the courage to live faithfully in the midst of a hungry and hurting world. Amen