Skip to comments.Jesus is a Capitalist [Pope Francis Errs]
Posted on 12/01/2013 3:27:58 PM PST by Moseley
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>didn’t Jesus himself rely solely on others for his support, putting his trust in God?
Paul writes about this. He said some are made eunuchs for the glory of God. Within the Christian tradition, there have always been those who follow Jesus in this way. St. Francis of Assisi, the namesake of the current Pope, is universally loved.
I am happy for these people who are made eunuchs; and, I am also happy that some are made garbagemen, and some are made nurses, and some are made policemen, and I could go on and on.
How does it happen that we get the right mix of people? Well, when I was in the military, which is a very communistic organization, a central planner, the big personnel manager, made some kind of assignment based on the needs of the military and my abilities relative to others and perhaps accommodating some preferences.
What is the track record of central planning for getting the mix right? Actually, it’s not so bad. Cuba is in better shape than Somalia. Maybe, if they allowed a few basic human rights in Cuba, like religious freedom, we could normalize relations with that country. But, here’s the thing, capitalism is so much better.
Now, is the superiority of capitalism due to it being morally superior to what we might call democratic socialism? Or, is the difference merely a practical one? While I think this Pope is out to lunch regarding economics, and I would give him an F and make him repeat the course with a non-Marxist professor, I don’t hold his mistakes about economics against him as though he were an evil person. I don’t do that in part because I don’t like being called evil, an oppressor, a tyrant, and a murderer by the Pope because I have come to the conclusion I have come to regarding the superiority of capitalism. I prefer to follow the rule judge not, lest ye be judged, and also the rule he who calls his brother fool is guilty of murder.
>What about the story of Jesus and the rich young man?
That fellow Jesus never ceases to amaze me. On the one hand he seems to deny “eye for an eye” and on the other hand he seems to say “if your right eye offends thee, pluck it out.” Can you take this man seriously? Does he really say, instead of lucking out the eyes of evil people, we should pluck our own eyes out?
No, not if you read him as a Jew.
On the so-called denial of “eye for an eye,” he said this doesn’t apply to name-calling. He said if a man strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other check. To be right on the right check is to be hit with the left hand. This is an idiom. The left hand is the weak hand. It’s an insult. Let the insult go, says Jesus, unless you are hit on the other cheek. Then, “eye for an eye” kicks in.
About “if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out,” no, Jesus is not saying we should pluck our own eyes out. He is saying that if we have particular weaknesses, we should arrange our lives so as to avoid temptations we cannot resist. With this understanding of “pluck it out” in mind, let’s consider Jesus and the rich young man.
In their conversation, the rich young man says he keeps the commandments. According to Ec. 12:13, that settles it. Every Jew would know this, and especially any Jew who comes from a wealthy family so that he would have received an education. But, no, the rich young man wants to be perfect. We know no man is perfect save for one. Again, every Jew would know this. So Jesus, looking in his heart, convicted him of his sin, which was self-righteousness. This man needed to pluck out his eye.
If you have been putting off plucking out your eye, this explanation should come as quite a relief.
Have you read the encyclical?