Jesus tells them that the Kingdom of God belongs to the poor; that the hungry will be filled, the weeping will laugh, and those who are excluded, hated, reviled, and defamed can rejoice because their reward will be great. These were — and still are — scandalous promises because they upset the way things are. To eliminate poverty, to feed the hungry, to comfort the hopeless, to welcome the stranger — all these things require a overturning of conventional expectations and norms.
Scripture can be breathtakingly contemporary and disconcertingly political. In the first century, the ordinary people had no voice, economic exploitation of the underclasses by the privileged was expected.
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The working poor were kept poor through restrictions on ownership of land, by taxation, and by indentured labor through default on debt. And below the working poor, were those in desperate need, unable to help themselves, the beggars, homeless, and destitute. The rich were thought to be blessed by God, given special opportunities because of their virtue and hard work.
Today some call that theo-capitalism. Thus when Jesus-like questions are asked — why are the structures as they are? What can be done to economic systems that will alleviate poverty, so that the rising tide does truly float all ships and not just some, there is immediate objection.
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When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist. It is human nature that more challenged someone is, the stronger their defensive language becomes; some things never change. As long as he kept to the country, he was annoying but not a threat. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Replete with examples of what not to do as neophyte Christians, Paul does his best to correct such behavior and set them on a path of spiritual rehabilitation using correct protocol for the Church Age.
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He had university-level doctrines to teach them, but their lack of maturity forced him to return to the basics. Their shame and lack of progress is a warning for us today. Read more Read less.
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