Saturday, October 29, 2011
And Jesus Sayeth: Fuck the Poor!
In the New Testament, someone asks Jesus if it's possible for a rich person to enter heaven. Jesus says something to the effect that it'd be easier to thread a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into heaven. He is emphatic that what you do in life is important, because his entire ministry is about inclusiveness, compassion, and sacrificing for your fellow man.
So can someone explain to me how Jesus' ministry has *anything* to do with individualism and freedom? Jesus makes no mention of either. Maybe freedom from sin and vice. Maybe individualism in the sense that we've all got to find our own salvation. But please tell me where the hell Jesus says it's totally cool to be filthy fucking rich and NOT help out poor people? Where does Jesus say that it's okay to not donate to charity, because that's your choice?
Spoiler Alert: He doesn't say any of that shit at all.
In fact, Jesus seems to advocate almost entirely for the poor and disenfranchized people of his time. But none of that matters, right? For some reason, some people didn't get the memo that the Gospel of Wealth and that the Protestant Work Ethic were major perversions of Jesus' ministry. Why do you think guys like Carnieggie told poor people that his wealth was an outward sign of God's grace?
Sure, no one should force a rich person to give up their wealth to the needy. But guess what, if you don't give then according to Jesus you're a douche bag. "But Jack, guys like Bill Gates donate millions in charity every year!" And what, may I ask, will he do with the rest of his $40 billion?
You all know I'm not advocating free handouts for everyone ever, but there's a lot of suffering in this world. Believe it or not, there are people out there who are unemployed through no fault of their own. They are perfectly capable, qualified, and hard workers who can't find a job. Is it fair to tell someone who got laid off from a company whose CEO took a bonus in that same year to fuck off?
"Life isn't fair, Jack."
"It's their choice to give whatever they want. That's what freedom is all about."
Those are just phrases that people say to make themselves feel better about doing nothing to aleviate the suffering of others. What really gets me is how many Christians have this selfish "what's mine is mine," attitude, yet they'll go to church on Sunday and worship Jesus, a person who they claim SACRIFICED HIS FUCKING LIFE FOR YOUR SINFUL ASS. He dies for your sins, and you want to sit there and turn a blind eye to suffering? That is the ultimate hypocrisy, and if I remember correctly, Jesus wasn't too fond of hypocrites.
And speaking of hypocrites, I love how many Christians shit allover people of other faiths and denominations. It's like you completely ignored the whole Good Sumeritan parable.
But that's okay. Keep pretending that Jesus was some sort of selfish, cold-hearted douche who said it's totally okay for you to not give a shit about the suffering of others. I'm sure that's exactly the point he was trying to make.