Thursday, May 05, 2005

Blessed are the Shiftless and the Losers

A very interesting article today at by Christopher Hitchens - a clear warning that Christianity and conservatism are not only NOT synonymous, but also in some cases diametrically opposed...

I have never understood why conservative entrepreneurs are so all-fired pious and Bible-thumping, let alone why so many of them claim Jesus as their best friend and personal savior. The Old Testament is bad enough: The commandments forbid us even to envy or covet our neighbor's goods, and thus condemn the very spirit of emulation and ambition that makes enterprise possible. But the New Testament is worse: It tells us to forget thrift and saving, to take no thought for the morrow, and to throw away our hard-earned wealth on the shiftless and the losers.

I wonder what some of the "culture warriors" will have to say about that. For myself, I sometimes need a swift kick in the butt to be reminded that conservatism and Christianity are NOT the same. Hats off to Mr. Hutchins for the boot to the butt.


Blogger Kevin D. Johnson said...

You might read a bit of N.T. Wright...who once mentioned that the plight of our brothers and sisters in the third world is just as important to consider when thinking of whether or not it is right to take communion as many do here in the US with the abortion issue.

8:27 AM  
Blogger burttd said...

Uh oh. A reader. Now I've got to behave myself.

Participating in an AMiA church (see the link in the sidebar) and reading Philip Jenkins' *The Next Christendom* have really re-shaped my thinking about where the church in America really stands in relation to the worldwide church. And it isn't comfortable, believe me...

9:03 AM  

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