A recent story called “U.S. Christians are more than twice as likely to blame a person’s poverty on lack of effort” caught my eye.
Sadly, I wasn’t surprised.
Many Christians are tempted to confine Jesus’ message to such a small part of our lives that it’s effectively neutered. They then live by opposite values — self-importance, money, power, privilege — in most areas of life and call it "Christian."
In our market-driven, individualistic society, we all like to believe that we “deserve” what we have, and those who are struggling simply are unworthy. We comfort ourselves by thinking that we are better and more deserving. This gives us the permission to be concerned entirely about ourselves.
Jesus challenges that attitude directly and unreservedly.
The full article is available here