Evangelical Politicians Defend Wealthy Bankers

Bankers guilty of usury are purchasing so called Christian leaders who hold public office. The scum of Judas is born in the world and runs for the Senate and Congress so they can protect their Big Earthly Boss who loves piling up vast treasure on earth so Big Boss can hold power over God’s children.

“Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!’ The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus said again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.’” — Mark 10:23-25

Liars for Big Boss call for a national repentance and Christian prayers in order to save America and the world – while they covertly manipulate millions with cold hard cash. Republicans point to the refusal of Democrats to pray and accept Jesus as their lord and savior as the source of our economic downfall. If only all Americans were evangelicals, including Mormons, then everyone would be rolling in doe! How selfish can the democrats be? This is why Big Boss and his Jesus Freaks should punish the democrats and the poor folks they protect. This is mental illness on a vast scale intalled in America by the few and the wealthy in order to keep us at each other’s throat lest we unite and bring these devils down!

Pat Robertson claims a massive astroid strike will complete the master plan of Jesus. Of course this impact will have no impact on our national economy. Does Pat and his Jesus freaks pray for a giant astroid to come quickly, and that evangelical lawmakers end Social Security and the food stamp program for Christ’s sake?

“Oh lord, protect thy humble wealthy servants, spare them the wrath of Khan while thy hand smite the poor!”

Jon Presco

Should Christians Defend the Rich?
August 14, 2011
Republican presidential contenders – Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann – profess their Christian fundamentalist faith, but denounce efforts by the government to restrain the power of the rich. The Rev. Howard Bess looks at this enduring contradiction between Christianity’s principles and its alliance with the wealthy.

By the Rev. Howard Bess

Today in America, we have an unholy concentration of wealth in the bank accounts of the few. This concentration of wealth is not earned wealth, but wealth acquired by manipulation of the economic system, the abuse of labor and the evil of inheritance.

What has taken place also is not merely the result of a benign economic system; it is the evil of greed at work. Parallel to this corrupt system is a view among too many confessing Christians that the Book of James – with its emphasis on good works, not just faith – doesn’t belong in the New Testament of the Bible.

In a Senate oversight hearing in Washington today, Republican Senators reminded Americans exactly why the U.S. financial system collapsed and why it needed a huge taxpayer bailout under Bush.
Furthermore, if there is any doubt what Republicans will do if voters return them to power in November, today’s Senate hearing eliminated that doubt. Republicans will go back to the same policies that caused the banking collapse that necessitated the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street.
The Senate Banking Committee held an oversight hearing on how J.P. Morgan lost $2 to $3 billion dollars making risky trades. The bank’s CEO came to Senate today and called any regulation on banks “un-American”. Republican Senators out did themselves praising that bank’s CEO going so far as to invite him to tell Congress what they could do to make regulations “more accommodating to banks.”
Bernie Madoff went to prison, but Wall Street Bankers got a bail out, and it wasn’t from jail. Both profited from losing billions of investors’ money.

BOSTON—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown urged JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Wednesday to take back bonuses and incentive pay from those involved in risky trading that led to a $2 billion loss.

Brown’s comments came as Dimon told Congress that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.
The Massachusetts Republican said that taking back the bonuses, including any money Dimon might have received, would demonstrate Dimon is serious about fixing the mistakes that led up to the loss.
“The only way to change the culture on Wall Street is to hit people where it hurts — in the wallet,” Brown said in a statement. “Perhaps then the big banks will think twice about taking unnecessary risks that undermine public confidence in our financial system,”
Brown’s Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has called on Dimon to resign from the Board of Directors of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Just this week, the Federal Reserve reported that the wealth of US families fell by 39 percent between 2007 and 2010…The financial crisis and its effect on the broader economy played a significant role in causing this drop,” Hagan said. “I welcome the opportunity tomorrow to understand what went wrong at JPMorgan. Fortunately, in this instance, the loss occurred at a bank that is well-capitalized, and the losses did not spill into the broader economy. Yet it is a reminder to everyone of the impact that the financial crisis had on North Carolina families and the reasons that we passed Wall Street reform.”

Having successfully quelled the burning bushes of Texas by praying for rain, Preacher-in-Chief Rick Perry invites Christians to pray for solutions to all of America’s problems in a new ad for modern day tent revival called The Response. Church and state: Awfully close together in Texas.
The Response will be held in a Houston stadium, where participants will spend the day praying and fasting. The event’s FAQ explains, “America is in a state of crisis. Not just politically, financially or morally, but because we are a nation that has not honored God.” Double-dog dare you to show up with a Muslim prayer rug under your arm.

An Egyptian-born megachurch pastor is calling out for 100,000 “Bible-believing” Americans to pray for the United States.
Dr. Michael Youssef, founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles and president of the ministry Leading the Way in Atlanta, has found 42,450 people so far to join him in daily prayer for the United States since the “God Save America” campaign launched on July 4.
“The greatest battle of our time is the battle for the biblical truth,” stated Youssef in an e-mail to The Christian Post on Monday. “Universalism is rampant in evangelical churches and nothing short of a Holy Spirit revival sweeping across the land will save Christ’s Church from total apostasy.”
Youssef believes that the daily prayers of the 100,000 Christians who participate in the campaign will save the “Church and thus the country.”
A major emphasis of the prayer campaign is to remind American Christians that the United States was founded on dependence upon God. But today, Youssef says, the country’s leaders and citizens try to attain success in their own terms.
The “God Save America” prayer campaign was inspired by a New York businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier from the 19th century who led a series of small prayer meetings in New York City. The gatherings of less than 20 people soon grew to thousands and expanded to other states, noted Youssef. Across the country, stores would close during lunch time so workers could attend local prayer meetings.
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“I want to tell you that ours is not a hopeless, helpless situation,” wrote Youssef on his blog Friday. “Real change in America is still possible as long as there are Christians willing to consecrate themselves to God in prayer for the spiritual state of this nation.”
Participants of the “God Save America” campaign are expected to offer up prayers of gratitude for the rich Christian history of America; repentance for individual and national sins; petition for God’s blessing on America; and pray for wisdom and discernment for elected officials as well as for boldness and strength to share the Gospel with neighbors.
“The reason for our country’s decay – our economic turmoil, our social ills, the church’s coldness and apostasy from the Truth … is because we have departed from the one true God,” Youssef said. “He wants to bless our country in His sovereignty and mercy, but we need to repent of our pride and willful independence.

Recently, I reread the Book of James and reviewed the history of this five-chapter epistle, as I pondered the controversies that have surrounded it in Christian church history. I found James’s words challenging and exhilarating in their insistence that Christians do good in the world.

Yet, over the centuries, many church leaders have doubted that the Book of James was worthy of inclusion in the New Testament. It was clearly not written by one of the disciples of Jesus, nor by the James who was thought to be a younger brother of Jesus. The best scholars today simply say we don’t know who wrote this collection of sayings.

Because of its emphasis on good works, the Book of James is criticized as “too Jewish” in its perspective and divergent from Paul’s writings about salvation by faith and faith alone. In the 16th Century, Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation, concluded that James was not worthy of inclusion in the New Testament collection.

Contradicting Paul’s teachings on faith and faith alone, James states very plainly that faith without good works lacks value.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can his faith save him?” James asks. “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

Often moving from issue to issue without clear connections – much like the Old Testament book of Proverbs – the Book of James takes on a variety of questions relating to what is necessary for a true Christian faith. If there is a central theme, it could be characterized as “what does a Godly life look like?”

The writer leaves us with snapshot after snapshot of that life. What is never in doubt is that a confessed faith must be matched by behavior patterns that are consistent with that faith.

In James’s writings, jealousy, bitterness and selfish ambition all come under criticism. They are delegated to the unspiritual and devilish.

War and greed are treated in some length – tied together by the author who leaves no doubt that a true Christian faith is completely incompatible with war and greed. There is also no place for gossip among the people of God.

The Book of James can best be understood in its moment of early Christian history. The audiences for whom James wrote were third and fourth generation Christians.

Understandably, the first generations of Christians were absorbed in trying to figure out who Jesus truly was and the significance of his death. They were aggressively evangelistic and spread the new religion with amazing rapidity.

In addition, early Christian believers were apocalyptic, convinced they would be translated into the next life without suffering death. By the time of James, reality had set in. Christians were going to live out their years and pass away just as people had before Jesus.

Recognizing that fact, James had the courage to ask the crucial question for Christians: How are we to live our lives?

Rereading the book of James was a reminder of the writings and work of Walter Rauschenbusch, a Baptist minister who taught at Rochester Divinity School in upstate New York in the early 20th Century. His most famous book was entitled Christianity and the Social Crisis, published in 1907. It set in motion the Christian social gospel movement in America.

Observing that dominant Christian churches were allied with the powerful and the wealthy, Rauschenbusch called for a new social order that addressed the evils of concentration of wealth in the hands of the few. He noted how child labor and other abuses made the wealthy even wealthier.

As I reread the Book of James, I realized that James was challenging the social evils of his own day, evils that were being commonly embraced by confessing Christians. In his messages to his fellow Christians, he railed against confessing believers who gave deference to the rich.

Walter Rauschenbusch was merely restating the message of James for the 20th Century. Like James, he was speaking primarily to his own fellowship of believers, knowing full well that John D. Rockefeller was a prominent member of his own denomination.

It is worthy of note that great American civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., credited Walter Rauschenbusch as being one of his mentors in the Christian faith. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, King pointed his finger not at racists but at fellow clergy who counseled patience toward racial bigots.

James, Rauschenbusch and King all spoke as deeply religious people and used the language of faith. They called sin sin and evil evil.

However, in today’s America, we do not have someone like a James, a Walter Rauschenbusch or a Martin Luther King Jr. to speak the Truth to power.

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1 Response to Evangelical Politicians Defend Wealthy Bankers

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    These fake moralists have used Jesus as a smokescreen and the Democrats are powerless – to destroy the smoke! Back me -somehow! https://rosamondpress.com/2022/03/19/lawsuit-against-oregon-family-council/

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