Friday, August 12, 2011

The King's Inheritance -- A Parable

A friend has lately been asking my opinion of the conservative Christian belief that government has no obligation to help the poor, and actually should not. These hypocrites will tell you that a government which tries to do good to its people is evil. But that the many evils of our nation are what makes her great.

I disagree a vehement one hundred percent.

These persons merely try to justify being Christian while supporting Republicans. I find the two irreconcilable.

Anyway, it inspired a parable. Maybe I'll use it in one of my books someday.

There was a king who had reached the end of his life. He had three sons and was prepared to pass on the crown. His favorite son was the youngest, but being so, he could not inherit the throne before his older brothers, who were twins.

The king took his youngest son aside one afternoon and said: "Since you can't inherit the throne, I'll let you decide which of your brothers does."

The one brother esteemed all people equally, and was kindly disposed toward everyone. He embraced his neighbor as himself, and sought to do good for all.

The other brother delighted in being a prince, and believed the kingdom existed only to serve him. He hated the poor, and treated them with contemptuous spit. Furthermore, when he went among the people, if he saw someone offer food to one who was hungry, he'd knock it out of their hands and grind it in the ground. If someone tried to build a homeless man a house, he'd burn it to down, and if someone were injured or ill he thought nothing of letting them suffer and die.

If the younger brother truly dwelled in Christ, which older brother would he choose to rule the kingdom?

4 comments:

  1. I know of no professing Christian who would say "that the many evils of our nation are what makes her great." I think it is narrow-minded to say that the only way to help the poor is through government welfare. The reality is that people who vote conservatively give 30% more on average to charity than those who vote liberally. The more conservative voters (hard-right) give many times more than the most liberal voters. So it is a fallacy to say that conservatives don't care for the poor. They simply think that directly helping the poor themselves is better than sending the money throgh a Washington bureaucracy, especially when the government gives money in a way that ensures the destruction of two-parent households, discouraging both marriage and responsible fatherhood.

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  2. I don't see many GOP acquaintances helping at the food banks here and their ardent support of cutting Social Security shows a blatant disregard for the welfare of old people who can't work anymore.

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  3. Jason said;

    "I know of no professing Christian who would say "that the many evils of our nation are what makes her great." I think it is narrow-minded to say that the only way to help the poor is through government welfare. The reality is that people who vote conservatively give 30% more on average to charity than those who vote liberally."

    This is a misnomer. The GOP wealthy who donate to Charity only donate to charity's like their local Philharmonic Society, the Swan Ball or a Fashion Gala, etc.

    I am living proof of how different people donate to differing charity's. I lived in a Blue State where the Democratic Wealthy would roll up their sleeves and not just donate money, but also time to the poor and needy. Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, etc.
    I now live in a Red State where the GOP Wealthy would rather spit on the poor than help them. In fact, there is a Newspaper that people are selling for the poor at a dollar a piece. One wealthy GOP County is having a conniption fit over it!! They don't want anyone to stand on the sidewalk who isn't dressed to the nines or advertising some business by holding a sign in 100 degree heat for minimum wage.

    You'd do better to research where the money is going.
    The uber-wealthy who are against the slightest tax increase on themselves are the ones who blame the poor for being poor. They are also the employers who employe them at below cost of living wages. What they spend on dinner could feed entire families for a month!

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  4. Amen, Mary!!! And their don't give a damn about grandpa and grandma either! No COLA for Social Security and their desire to plunder and pillage Medicare leaves them vulnerable with no one to turn to for help because their children are struggling, too. The price of groceries alone is leaving a LOT of us elders with too much month at the end of our money.

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