Rick Perry is biblically illiterate, sanctimonious, and … um … and I forget the third one.
But he’s not alone. The governor of Texas is just the most recent of many, many, far too many Christians who have disgraced themselves by misquoting Jesus to support the precise opposite of what he said. And this needs to stop.
“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” Rick Perry said in an interview published yesterday in The Washington Post.
I censored the profanity in the title: Ignorant Christians need to [shut up] about ‘the poor you will always have with you’ until they can be bothered to understand what Jesus actually said.The article makes valid points but stops far short. The poor will not always be. The promise is for no poverty. The truth is that Jesus was referring to only certain generations and not eternity.
This is why I openly discuss monetary reforms that eliminate such poverty. I do so knowing full well that I'm not going against Jesus's saying.