Case in point. We posted this meme yesterday:
We don't have time for trolling. This is our policy. It will not change.
Many folks criticize The Christian Left by saying we ban people who disagree with us. The people who have been banned are of course the worst. They run to other pages and cry about being banned; They criticize us in comment streams on independent articles, and 99% have one big thing in common: They lie about not knowing what they did to get banned or they severely minimize what they said to get banned, usually completely re-wording what they actually said. We've seen it 10,000 times over the last three years.
Case in point. We posted this meme yesterday:
Here we go with one of the threads in the discussion. It always starts out innocent.
Here we go. It almost always degenerates to this: Name calling, generalizations, swearing, curse words, lectures, on and on.
Sheena has now descended in to a vicious cycle that never ends called trolling. In the early days of the page one troll thread would spiral on an on and take up an entire day. It would take over the page for hours at a time.
Folks, we don't ban people for disagreeing with us. People disagree with us all day long. We ban trolls. There's a BIG difference. If you disagree, fine. Do so with common courtesy. 90% of the people who participate on this page get it and have no problem with it.
We don't have time for trolling. This is our policy. It will not change.
By Charles Toy
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In the last decade we've cut taxes for the wealthy to the tune of 12 Trillions dollars which is 3 quarters if the entire national debt; We fought two unnecessary large scale wars that we didn’t have the money to pay for; We let Wall Street walk away untouched while they looted and crashed our economy reaping all the proceeds for themselves; We handed pharmaceutical companies a goose that lays golden eggs by allowing them to sell us drugs without negotiating prices; AND NOW we're taking away Meals on Wheels and Food Stamps from the poor because “we all have to make sacrifices?”
Does everyone see what a nation of sick barbarians we’ve allowed ourselves to become? Yet, we do nothing. We just keep letting it happen. Over and over again.
James 2:5-8 says: “My dear friends, pay attention. God has given a lot of faith to the poor people in this world. He has also promised them a share in his kingdom that he will give to everyone who loves him. You mistreat the poor. But isn’t it the rich who boss you around and drag you off to court? Aren’t they the ones who make fun of your Lord? You will do all right, if you obey the most important law in the Scriptures. It is the law that commands us to love others as much as we love ourselves.”
Never again listen to any government official who claims to be a Christian and supports cutting programs for the poor and the sick. They are false Christians. If this were not true they would support any program where we as a society can reach out to the less fortunate and pull them up. IT IS the government’s job! We ARE the government. We are not evil barbarians who let our poor starve and our sick die from lack of health care.
Read Isaiah 10 and Jeremiah 22. See what God thinks of evil Kings who don't care for the poor. We're all for separation of Church and State. We support no official State religion. All must be free to worship or not worship as they see fit. Nevertheless, we expect expect our government to care for the general welfare of the nation, including that of the poor, the sick and the oppressed. It's far too big a job for the Church. To leave it to the Church is unrealistic and impossible.
We’re going to call it the way we see it. Government officials like Michele Bachmann and all the rest of her Tea Party and Republican friends, who obsess about killing off greater access to health care, don’t serve God. When they cut Meals on Wheels and Food stamps they don't serve God. They serve an ideology that is against Christ. We don’t hate them. We pray for them to one day see the light, but they’re flat wrong. 100% wrong.
Senator Bernie Sanders has summed up our sentiments quite well. So the question remain, what do we do about it?
It's time to start talking back. There is no sin in speaking the truth.
In Matthew 10: 34-39 Jesus states: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Post this article on your wall. Talk to your friends and family about it. When they come back at you with the typical conservative propaganda talk back to them. Tell them they are wrong. Do not be swayed.
Tell them that Jesus spelled out his priorities and expectations very clearly in Matthew 25:31-46 when he said:
Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Be sure to mention a couple of things regarding this passage. Jesus is talking to "the nations." He WILL hold nations accountable. To say that doesn't include governments is ludicrous and contrary to the entire context of the Bible. Also inform them that modern definitions of "right and left" came about in 1879 and have nothing to do with right and left in this passage.
It's time to stand up. It's time to talk back. It's time to speak the truth. Liberals have allowed conservatives to shout them down for far too long. Again, Jesus said, "Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.”
As Christians, we can't let the 2013 Farm Bill pass when it cuts 2.5 Billion in Food Stamps from the poorest of the poor. They didn't cause this mess and they will languish and die without proper nutrition. It's unacceptable. We must call our elected representatives and The White House and demand that they remove the cuts to Food Stamps.
Chris Hedges is an award winning journalist with a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. In his recent article, "Rise Up or Die," he states:
"A handful of corporate oligarchs around the globe have everything—wealth, power and privilege—and the rest of us struggle as part of a vast underclass, increasingly impoverished and ruthlessly repressed. There is one set of laws and regulations for us; there is another set of laws and regulations for a power elite that functions as a global mafia.
Corporations write our legislation. They control our systems of information. They manage the political theater of electoral politics and impose our educational curriculum. They have turned the judiciary into one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. They have decimated labor unions and other independent mass organizations, as well as having bought off the Democratic Party, which once defended the rights of workers."
He stresses that the least of these are already under water and you and I are next. He warns that the time has come to "Rise Up or Die."
We can't be passive any longer. We can't simply ignore politics because it's "too corrupt." We have to vote, all of us. We must become activists, all of us. We must organize marches and write letters. We must talk back to conservative friends and family. We must donate money as we can to groups that are fighting back. We must do it now. There is no more time to loose.
We're not against the free market, but the free market isn't free anyway. That's an illusion. Right now it's stacked in favor of the wealthy. They have lobbyists write many of the laws In their favor! We must have a well regulated market. Our debt problem would be solved if we stopped letting the rich game the system. They didn't "earn" all that money. They scammed it from everyone else who actually works hard for peanuts and no health coverage. The top marginal rate was 91% from 1954 to 1963. It's time for everyone to wake up from the delusion. We've been brainwashed, and we have to stop allowing it. Our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren depend on it.
Please read Paul Krugman;s article, "From the Mouths of Babes" too.
Come let us worship the mighty invisible hand of the free market, which takes away the lives of the poor it leaves behind, and crushes the sick underfoot. Let it rid the world of the lazy eaters. Worthy. Worthy is the hand that slaps down the inefficient poor masses. They are not deserving of the hand. The hand reaches in to every dinner table and takes what it wants. If you have more than enough, it will take nothing. If you have less than enough, it will take everything. No one knows from where it comes or to where it goes. The hand is a jealous hand. It desires everything. No crumb goes unnoticed by the hand. Let us stand in awe of the hand and never question the hand. For the hand shall purify the earth of weak freeloaders. Let us not hinder the hand, for its cause is mighty and powerful. Let us build armies to assist the hand in snuffing out dissent. Let us build a mighty media empire to sing praises to the hand. Let us trust in the hand with all our might. The hand is omniscient. The hand is omnipotent. The hand is God. Amen.
"Test all things"
1 Thessalonians. 5:21
There are many people with some desire to be religious, but not enough desire to dig in to read and study the Bible. Many of these just find a man, a preacher, and trust him. Whatever he says, they depend upon; he is their "man of God," in a sense beyond the biblical. They believe what he says; trust his answers to every question, resting the salvation of their souls in him. They still read and study the Bible some, but always take his word.
Not a good idea because no man is infallible. Regardless of how much you love someone, that affection does not make them infallible. Men may prove themselves to be educated, eloquent, charming and able to fill buildings with people. Yet they remain fallible, capable of error.
Those in Berea searched the Scriptures daily, to see if what they were hearing was true to God's Word (Acts 17:11).
John and Peter both warned of false teachers, and Jesus said they may come to us in sheep's clothing (Matt. 7:15; 1 Jno. 4:1; 2 Pet. 2:1). John said our duty is to "test the spirits," and Paul said: "Test everything. Hold on to the good." (1 Thess. 5:21).
There is one body of religious instruction that should govern all that we believe, teach and practice. That is, the Word of God. Nothing should be accepted as true; nothing should be practiced or recommended – unless it is taught in the Word of God. Each individual must take this obligation seriously.
By Warren E. Berkley
From Expository Files 10.7; July 2003
The above certainly applies to anything we say or post here at The Christian Left as well. We are fallible human beings.
The above was the very first Facebook note on this page. It still holds true and it always will. If you ever get bent out of shape over something we say, don't say we didn't warn you. It's your job to discover the truth. We're only fellow travelers.
by John R. Coats
My maternal grandparents lived in a small northeast-Texas town with a communal zeitgeist more aboriginal than modern. Everyone believed. "Is there really a God?" would have been as silly a question as "Is there really air?" While separation of church and state was non-negotiable -- no one would tell them what to believe -- that was not to say that individual or community life should, or even could, be divided between secular and religious spheres. The Psalmist had said it, "Wherever I go, You are there," and even the town's worst sinners knew that God (both a Protestant and a dead ringer for Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel rendition) was watching, listening, judging their every thought and action, that Judgment Day was coming, and that redemption, so long as they could draw a breath, was never more than a prayer away.
Sunday mornings brought Sunday school followed by a church service, about three hours in all. After a quiet afternoon came Training Union followed by another service. Wednesday nights were for Prayer Meeting, a service that, like the first two, came complete with Bible readings and a sermon. Summer revivals meant one or more services per day, these delivered with the revivalist's particular, sometimes peculiar, nuance of evangelical showmanship. More than half of every summer of my childhood was immersed in that river of old-time religion with its certainty that Jesus would come again at the end of time. Yet from all the prayers, all the Bible readings and lessons, all those sermons, and all the hammering about sin, final judgment, and the fires of Hell, I have no memory of anyone mentioning anything called "the Rapture."
In fact, before 1830, no one had heard that "[i]n one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear," or that "those left behind, terror stricken, are desperate to determine what happened," which is what you'll find on the back cover of Tribulation, volume two of the Left Behind series. Authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, along with the likes of Hal Lindsay, the late Jerry Falwell and others, are proponents of the work of English clergyman John Nelson Darby. It was around 1830 that Darby, having selected scripture passages from Daniel, Revelation, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and elsewhere, pasted them together, called them a whole, and invented the Rapture, a word not found in the Bible.
While Darby's ideas found little traction in Great Britain, they received a predictably strong reception when he toured the States between 1859 and 1877. But it was Cyrus Scofield who kept Darby and his ideas from falling through the cracks of history. A follower of Darby and, apparently, an avid note-taker, Scofield made his study notes into Biblical annotations for what became The Scofield Reference Bible, a bestseller in early-twentieth-century America that is still in publication.
The narrative is pretty straightforward: We live in the End Times. Soon, on a day when the world situation has become so critical that it could blow at any moment, Jesus appears in the sky, visible only to right-believing Christians who, in an instant, are bodily beamed up to be with him. Driverless cars, vans, pickups, semis, buses and other vehicles suddenly careen out of control (hence the bumper sticker that reads, "In case of the Rapture, this car will be unmanned"), and pilotless airplanes crash. What follows is seven years of Tribulation, with its earthquakes, plagues, famines, wars and the rise of a charismatic, power-happy, and murderous Antichrist (all of which might leave even the most casual observer of the first decade of our new millennium to wonder how we'd tell the difference). Finally, Christ returns a second time, defeats the Antichrist and reigns over the earth for 1,000 years.
Out of favor during the middle decades of the twentieth century, Rapture advocates, also known as Dispensationalists and Premillennialists, now are center-stage in American life and government. In his book God and Empire, Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan writes, "The full Rapture program cannot be readily dismissed ... [because] ... there are very specific connotations to American foreign policy in the volatile Middle East." Why the Middle East? Because Rapturephiles believe that their moment will not come until just before the final conflagration between the Jews and the Arabs. So Middle East hatreds and violence must be allowed, even encouraged, to escalate to the point of no return. Moreover, since the Rapture is God's plan, any attempt at peacemaking, such as the current Middle East peace talks, which Secretary of State Clinton frames in terms of a "last chance" for peace, are against God's will. But not the invasion of Iraq, nor any future action intended to drive the Middle East -- and the world -- to the brink, and over.
To the observer, the ironies can be overwhelming. However, having myself stood at the door of true-believerism, I know how its self-absorption can mask the ironies obvious to others. Take, for instance, my copy of The Scofield Reference Bible. It's a red-letter edition (the words of Jesus are printed in red), the irony hiding behind the realities of Rapture theology, which has little to do with the teachings and actions of Jesus. Where he voiced a radical vision of a humanity founded on the dual principles of agape (love) and koinonia (communion), Left Behind theology seems to be more of a Save Your Behind theology, one in which Jesus is more of a shill, a name appropriated in hopes of gaining legitimacy.
So, what's real about the Rapture? Its roots are in the nineteenth-century rebellion against Modernity with its scientific rationalism. Beneath the glare of uber-left-brain logic, the stories and myths that had carried the larger truths about being human in an overwhelming, frightening, awe-filled universe were declared to be nonsense -- which is nonsense, and begged an equal and opposite reaction, which came in the declaration that the Bible was literally true -- every word. The idea of the Rapture, then, is Modernity's shadow, the unexpected, unscientific, and nonrational child of the rationalism that made it inevitable. Its adherents don't care that its Biblical evidence comes from pasted-together passages written by different authors at different times in history. To them, inside their belief system, it is a coherent narrative that is to be followed to the letter.
And therein lies the problem. We are all living witnesses to what religious true-believers are willing to do to the rest of us. Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center stood ready to burn the Quran regardless of the consequences, which promised to be bloody. Thankfully, they didn't go through with it, but others did, and still others will. Should the more sophisticated but equally zealous advocates of a Middle-East-cum-worldwide holocaust gain sufficient voice in the making of American foreign policy, we may discover that questions about the flux of history that delivered us to this point, or whether the Rapture can be defended Biblically, or the ongoing banter about who's crazy and who's not, have become irrelevant. We could say, then, that the realest thing about the Rapture is that it's an idea with the potential for making the earth into a graveyard.
Originally published here.
John R. Coats is the author of “Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters.” He holds master's degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bennington College Writing Seminars. A former Episcopal priest, he was a principal speaker and seminar leader for the More To Life training program in the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa, and an independent management consultant. He’s married and live in Houston.
His heritage is Southern Baptist, but it was in a Roman Catholic church that, in the fall of 1958, a few months after his twelfth birthday, he had what was either an “ecstatic” experience or “probably an allergic reaction to the incense.” It was a split second in his six and a half decades, yet the man he’s become, and all that he’s done in his professional life--parish priest, speaker and trainer for an international foundation, management consultant, writer--can be traced back to that moment. These fifty-plus years later, he still don't understand what happened, but what followed from it has been quite a ride so far.
For more information please visit www.JohnRCoats.com
Kicking off at 8:15 this morning, Kathy Chambers and “Clergy for Justice” along with “Gideon's Army” gathered in response to Sen. Campfield's “Starve the Children” legislation, which will be up for vote on the Senate floor today. They met in front of the lower/main entrance to Legislative Plaza (6th ave side/6th and union) and left promptly from there at 8:15 to go inside Legislative Plaza.
They gathered outside the Senate chambers and awaited the arrival of the Gideon's Army Children's Choir and the State Senators. When they arrive, they will join with the children in several songs.
The children will be presenting the online petition with 2,500+ signatures from Tennesseans to Sen. Campfield as he comes out of a meeting, then they will walk with him to the Senate chambers. With any luck, many the senators should arrive around the same time, as they'll be leaving a meeting and walking together.
We will update this article as the day goes on, adding more information as we learn it and more photos as they come in.
An anonymous source informed us on Tuesday that a group Nashville reverends, preachers, and priests came to the office of each member of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday to protest Sen. Campfield’s anti-poor agenda and the state's rejection of Obamacare. They dropped off two loafs of bread and 5 paper fish in every office. Each fish had a different bible verse calling on the members to help the poor and fund health care.
After we posted the news on our Facebook page we soon learned that the group responsible for organizing the demonstration is called "Clergy for Justice."
15 faith leaders from across the state delivered a total 133 baskets of loaves and fish with a letter signed by almost 100 clergy and faith leaders, calling Medicaid expansion “not only the right thing to do, it’s the moral and faithful thing to do.” The letter and names of the signatories are displayed at the bottom of this article.
Here are some of the reactions on our Facebook page:
"That is Christian activism. God truly bless each one of them." -- Vickie Bligh
"This Christianity I can live with, the type I was taught." -- Americo Nonini
"Finally some Christianity at work, instead of Right-Wing 'Self-Righteousness' !!" -- Donald Jecker
"So, dear Christians, could each of you go visit your own local leaders and let them know that you want them to follow Christ instead of the GOP? They need to know." -- Tina Bennett
"This is wonderful to hear. So often the faith community turns to the right which is not what Jesus had in mind. Thanks for the news." -- Barbara Mathieson
"I wonder how long it will take for these politicians to get the hint. We've had the "nuns on the bus" traveling to spread the word of the need for humanitarian works and now preachers lobbying against the extreme right. Good job!" -- Janice Henschel
"Go thou and do likewise...in Raleigh!" -- Don Saunders
"You mean this happened in my state....that's amazing!!! And unexpected!" -- Stephanie Hill Mumpower
"For once! I'm so sick of the Dominionist biblical revisionist garbage that says 'God loves the rich, and you're rich because you're better than everyone else.'" -- Brad Hunziker
"There are no words to describe how very much I love this!" -- Kathy Fairbanks Parker
"About time the clergy stepped up and did what their jobs." -- Rose McGuire
"They should do that in the Ohio legislature also!" -- Gloria Zebbs Anderson
"Absolutely Brilliant! It's nice to know there's some decent clergy and pastors left." -- Dana Norris
"This is great... Lets see if religious leaders in other states do something similar!" -- Nan A. Canter
"This should be done in every state." -- Sharon Casto
Needless to say, we'd like to see this kind of Christian activism sweep across the country. These are the actions Jesus was talking about when he said, "Go, and do likewise." Christianity has fallen away from its mission over the last 30 years. It's time to for it to return to its roots.
Naysayers say "none of this is the government's job." They're wrong. We recommend the following article: "Individual Charity Isn't Enough."
The complete letter. Please excuse the fragmented appearance. These are screen captures of a PDF:
You'd think you were trying to follow Jesus or something!
Matthew 22:37-40 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
Matthew 7:12 Whatever you want others to do for you, do so for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward in heaven will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
Matthew 22:34-40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Mark 10:43-45 Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of ALL. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.
John 13:14-15 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
by Charles Toy
God is wise and deliberate, and he doesn’t occupy our physical realm of time and space. In fact, God is Spirit so “he” isn't really a “he.” We have no idea what a “Spirit” is. None. But we know God is good. He has shown us.
The Earth is 4.54 billion years old and the universe is 13.77 billion years, which is relatively new knowledge to us. That’s a long, long time, especially considering human history only goes back 12,000 years (Göbekli Tepe). Some cave drawings go back 40,000 years. There was a long time in between to get a lot of work done at God's own pace, which is probably slower than ours given that God is eternal.
I’m told the Hebrew word for “day” is “yom,” also meaning 24 hours, but it can mean more of a general time or period and can always be used metaphorically.
I’ve arrived at the personal opinion that the 6-Day Creation is a metaphor. I think God spoke "Let there be light," and the Big Bang happened. Over billions of years he tended to the entire project, watching it all unfold according to his will and his vision.
When our planet cooled down he started doing his work here. In the first period of time he brought forth the seas and measured out dry land. In the next period he planted plants, trees and berries. In the next he set up the position of the earth in relation to our solar system. During the next he created living creatures in the sea and in the air. Finally, in his own image he created them: male and female.
I don't believe all of the above happened in literal days. God could have easily taken as long as he wanted to carry out each step at the pace that worked for him. It would have been just as wonderful and just as spectacular. Did he zap us in in one day, or did he carefully plan every step that went in to forming us over an unknown period of time? Either way, he still created us, so does it really matter? I don't think it does.
God could have very possibly used the divine and magnificent tool of evolution to create us, and it may have taken much longer than 6 of our days.
The fact that this may be the case doesn't harm my faith one single bit. In truth, it strengthens my faith. Now I don't have to ignore science. Everything is older than I had thought for many years. The Universe, the Earth, and ancient allegories, which reveal truth over millenniums, are all much older than I believed as a young man.
No Christian should have to fear looking at creation this way. It’s doesn’t make a single difference in how you view your faith. It was thought for millennia that the sun revolved around the earth. The Church believed it as well. Then new science and new information came alone. Now views are different.
The 6-Day Creation is probably an allegory, and it doesn’t need to trouble your faith one bit. In case you didn't already know, this view is nothing new. It's called Theistic Evolution.
On a side note, it could still be very possible that when his final creations learned how to interact with him on a personal level, they became Adam and Eve.
Here's a great quote from the Rev. Billy Graham on this topic. Don't be too mad at Billy about the last election cycle. Graham was a Democrat his entire life. His son Franklin took advantage of his Father in his old age when he got him to endorse Mitt Romney.
by Ted Carr, member of The Christian Left
The forces of greed and vanity which have been oppressing the people for many thousands of years are not letting up. They are pushing as they have always done, to dominate their neighbors, just like apes.
The rich are more like brutes than are the rest of us. It is pure animal instinct that drives the will to dominate others, and will not be overcome by winning an election once in a while over them, or by waiting for God to tame them. We must match their bestial tenacity with our own fierce love of our families and our weaker neighbors.
We must be good shepherds defending the vulnerable members of God's flock against lions and bears, who are men, seeking to bring down the needy.
Do not let up until they let up. That is how we will overcome our wealthy, and vain, neighbors. If they do not let up, and they aren't, then we will not let up. Do not envy the rich, they are receiving their reward in this life, but are losing eternal life by oppressing the poor and needy.
“Better the little the righteous man has than the great abundance of the wicked.” Psalm 37:16.
TCL: The only thing we would add is an emphasis that we must do all of the above in a manner that is non-violent. Violence is not the way of our Lord. Tenacious non-violent action works. All it takes is enough people to stand up and say, "No more."
With this in mind, be aware that the forces of oppression are gathering. They go by many deceitful names. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is one of them.