“Economy” has become a coded word.
e·con·o·my /əˈkänəmē/ : the wealth and resources of a country or region, especially in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.
Economy is first and foremost about acquiring wealth. And today it has become code for keeping the wealthy well-healed. Getting the economy up and running again shouldn’t be what is important to the followers of Jesus. Not right now. Opening it up when the virus is upon us lacks wisdom and compassion.
The hands and feet of Christ have other things we need to be concerned with:
- How can we get everyone fed? The food supply hasn’t gone anywhere, but farmers and grocery stores are destroying what people are unable to buy. This is pure evil! How do we change that? How do we get the food where it needs to go? How can we provide food to those who have no paycheck coming in? Are our churches even considering this? Are we? Think about having groceries delivered to someone who needs them today.
- How can we keep everyone sheltered? People are unable to pay their rent and mortgages. How can our churches provide money for shelter and rent? How can you? Think about paying the rent or contributing money towards rent for someone who has lost their job.
- How can we provide health care for everyone? Who would Jesus heal? He never refused anyone. Neither should we. Think about paying for someone’s doctor visit today.
Think about contacting your local and state officials and asking them what they are doing to feed, shelter, and get health care for those who need it. Vote for politicians who understand these priorities.
As followers of Jesus, now is the time to practice abundance not scarcity. If people have food, shelter, and healthcare, they are in good shape. We have been given blessings for one reason – to share our blessings with others. Let’s get to it!
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Painting of the rich man and Lazarus by James B. Janknegt