The ‘War on the Middle Class’ January 3, 2013Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
By now, you may have already seen the following, or something similar. This came from Jack Kinsella’s Omega Letter and was forwarded to me by Pastor Riley:
… this is what the federal budget will look like:
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:
Annual family income: $21,700
Money the family spent: $38,200
New debt on the credit card: $16,500
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
Total budget cuts: $385
And so, that’s the plan. If this were your household budget, do you think you could get a new Capital One credit card with no credit limit at 3.04% interest annually? No?
And even assuming that you could, would you go home and announce to your family that all is well because you had avoided the looming fiscal cliff?
It has become (finally!) apparent to some Americans that the current policy is designed to destroy the middle class. Those who work for a living creating real wealth; those who create small businesses; those who try to “build a better mousetrap” – will not be collateral damage. They are in the cross-hairs.
It seems clear that Obama et al have declared war on the middle class. Might it be possible that God has also declared war on the middle class? Looking at us through the lens of the letter to the Laodiceans, what else could a loving God do? We’re concerned about our comfort, our safety, our 401(k)’s, our lavish (compared to the rest of the world and the rest of the cultures in history) homes, our cushy jobs …. and we’re poised for major protest when these things are taken away. What about our major lack of compassion for the hurting people in this world? What about the hungry and homeless people who are on our streets, literally right under our noses?
I’ve led the charge: give a little to assuage my conscience, give what I will never miss, give — not when there is a crucial need, but — when it’s convenient. I don’t recall ever giving anything sacrificially.
We’ve been heaping up wrath for ourselves. We look down our noses at everybody else, but the indictment of Ezekiel 16:49 just might be for US:
Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me …
Perhaps God wants to strip away our lifestyles because it’s so hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom, and He is not willing that we perish.
I’m hoping the rapture is NOT soon, because we’ve gotta get this thing right. We have brothers and sisters in Christ about whom we presumably have great concern. We may be looking at our final opportunity to do unto Christ by doing unto “the least of these.”
Let’s re-visit Luke 16 and realize that we will soon be required to give an account. Let’s also re-read Matthew 25 very literally and understand, if we miss everything else, that what we do to and for the poor will have eternal consequences for us.