Pope Francis tweeted that “inequality is the root of all social evil.” One Billion Catholics believe the Pope to be God’s divinely appointed Prime Minister. It seems people can now (if they want) follow God on Twitter. The Bible calls that (by the way) “Following from afar.” You cannot follow Christ from afar. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and thus real faith is very intrusive, up close, and personal.
Now back to the “inequality” thing. We are not equal. We are not the same. John was faster than Peter, but Matthew calls Peter “first.” Look around; some are smarter and some are more stupid than others. The ancient Greeks told the story of Procrustes (Προκρούστης) an evil innkeeper who made everyone fit in his iron bed by either cutting off or stretching their legs. That is what public education (common core) and evil governments try to do. They either cut off initiative at the knees, beat down incentive, or place incompetence on the rack, and try to “stretch the wretch” and make the languid longer. Public education was supposed to be about giving everyone equal opportunity, but the reason it has done so poorly is that the moral nomenclature of human nature is not good. We are all sinners. We are all equal, however, at the foot of the cross. That is the only place where the low are lifted and the lofty are lowered, and the crooked are made straight.
Both the Pope and the President believe that “inequality is the root of all social evil.” Using the President’s own word, I would say he might need to change his “calculus.” Or better yet, read the Bible. Envy is evil and envy was the real reason the establishment put Christ on the Cross. The Bible says that it is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil. No one loves money more than the government. Only a love for God will balance the equation (or calculus). Jesus said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these [other] things will be added unto you.” Now all things being equal, nothing is equal. We can spread money all over the place and it will not change a thing. Cain will still kill Abel. Esau will still sell his birthright; and we sinners will (except for the Grace of God) still sell our souls for naught. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” That is both pathetic and prophetic. The Rich Young Ruler failed to give his all (put all in heaven’s stocks and bonds), and went away sorrowful. Taxing him, or making him tithe, or seizing his property in the name of social justice was not the way of Jesus. He was the fish that got away. Charity is not charity unless it comes of free will from the heart, and no iron bed or torturous rack of taxation can balance the books of the needy, whose greatest need is to be Born Again. -id