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This Month's Scripture Verse:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs For Jan 15, 2014

This is a new category of posts. It is dedicated to those conservative blogs that have blocked my comments for various reasons. The blogpost of blocked comments will appear every Wednesday when the blog is not taking a break

Jan 9

to Jennifer Marshall on her blogpost in gospel coalition blogpost on helping the poor

Certainly, some of what is written in this article is important in helping the poor. Family and church as well as business and government participation is important. Programs to connect people who are successful with those in prison or poverty are important.

But it is also important to be specific as to where we have seen failures. And while Conservative Christians who write about poverty have had no problems associating poverty with families headed by single parents, we do have problems highlighting the roles that business and government play in producing poor people. For example, businesses that pay poverty wages should listen to what Martin Luther King Jr. said when speaking to the strikers in Memphis, Tennessee:

"it is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income." (click here for source). 

Or perhaps we can talk about poverty from the cost of living side. Today's food speculation, which unnecessarily increases the cost of food and thus the cost of living and predatory loans from the past which along with the fraud involved with the housing bubble caused many families to lose their homes contribute to poverty. 

Or perhaps we can talk about businesses that outsource their jobs to other countries because those countries allow these companies to abuse and underpay their employees. Paying poverty wages and the outsourcing of jobs to other countries are significant factors that play a role in poverty on the personal income side of the problem. 

And we have to remember government's role in letting businesses treat people this way. 

All of this leads to something else Martin Luther King Jr. said about showing compassion to the poor, 

"True compassion is more than just flipping a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." (click here for source).

So while businesses defend their part in creating and maintaining poverty by saying that they must cut pay, in one way or another, to stay competitive or to be responsible to their stockholders, we need to ask if such a system is unjust. The same goes for those businesses that benefit from causing unnecessary increases in the cost of living. Because if it is, we must demand that the system repents and change so that a few don't grow rich at the expense of the many. And those in the middle class must use additional criteria to how the wealthiest among us are doing to determine if we have a  successful and prosperous economy.

So far, the Conservative Church has offered suggestions on how to alleviate poverty while keeping the current system as it is. Thus the necessary challenges that those in business and government need to hear of often muted, and this is especially true for those in business. And though what was suggested above is good, especially that which entail personal involvement with those who are poor, these suggestions will only be responding to rather than also eliminating what causes poverty. And as important and well thought out as these suggestions are, they will only tell us how to put better bandaids on a person than how to also remove a person from harm's way.


Jan 11

To Robert Royal's blogpost on Western Civilization on the Imaginative Conservative blog

What is the purpose for all of this rambling about Western Civilization? Is it to have a measuring contest between our contributions vs the death and destruction we've wrought? And who is going to determine the winner of this measuring contest? Should it be those who are on the Western Civilization team or should outsiders be asked whether the good we've done outweighs the bad? And if Westerners are the ones determining the tradeoffs, how honest can us be about ourselves? Does what we say about our own civilization and history reflect more on who we are today or who we have been over time? And what would be the purpose of such a contest? Would it be to decide whether Western Civilization should cease or how it should continue its journey? 

My struggle with this reflecting on Western Civilization is that it somewhat separates us from other civilizations and what we can learn from them. It lessens the connections we could have with those outside of our own group. And if we have any degree of loyalty for and pride in belonging to Western Civilization, it makes us defensive and less honest about the winner of the previously mentioned measuring contest.


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