Regarding the Dec. 22 letter from Dar Thomas (“Members of Congress Should Step Outside Their Walls of Plenty”), in which she attacks congressional Republican Christians as mean-spirited and lacking compassion for the poor for attempting to limit the growth of the welfare state — and quotes the Bible several times to back up her assertions — I offer:
2 Thessalonians 3:10 — “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: if anyone is not willing to work let him not eat.”
2 Thessalonians 3:11 — “For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work but busybodies.”
2 Thessalonians 3:12 — “Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
Then there is that oft-repeated wisdom about idle hands doing the devil’s handiwork.
Busybodies? Idle hands? Could the epidemic of out-of-wedlock births, gun violence, drug usage or the recent “knockout game” phenomenon be attributed to such “idleness” and “busybodies”? A side-effect of the welfare state?
Lastly, regarding Pope Francis’ recent attacks on capitalism as a vast corruption, which Dar Thomas mentions: Pope Francis is a man who has lived his entire life off of donations — donations that come from capitalist activity of work and production, whether by corporations or his Catholic congregations. My household recently received from our priest a letter requesting $200 per month for five years or a $12,000 lump donation. One of the stated purposes for soliciting such funds was for “priests’ pensions and retirement.”
Does Pope Francis seriously believe that the whole world economy will function by simply asking one another for donations? Is this the more noble route for the faithful? He’s convinced me! Pope Francis, can you give me some money? I want to be noble also.