I know there are very basic differences in how people look at the world. I personally get much of my worldview from the words of Jesus and that certainly includes his very obvious stands on empathy and wealth.
One of the things I love about Jesus is that he led by example. How many changes of clothes did Jesus have? How many castles? How many servants? I don’t think there is anyone who can’t answer these questions. He led a life of poverty. He led by example. Did he hate the rich? Well, no not really but he did have some wise words for them. He basically told them that they were expected to do good works in proportion to their wealth.
Now, finally getting to the crux of this story, I follow several of my high school classmates of 50+ years ago on Facebook. It is frightful to me just how many of them are loyal Trumpsters. The graphic in today’s post is from one of them.
I willingly pay income tax in order to keep our society/country running. Without taxes there would be no road, no law enforcement, no…. well you get the idea. Paying taxes is a privilege of wealth. Welfare, on the other hand, is giving your neighbor, and according to Jesus that is everyone else, a helping hand when they need it. That should be considered a joy to provide to those in need.
To at least this high school classmate paying income taxes is seen as a fine/punishment and giving a helping hand to those who have fallen on hard times is disgraceful. What a worldview!
I may not always follow Jesus’ words but I certainly don’t twist his words to mean the opposite of his message. That is the ultimate in hypocrisy if you ask me.