Generosity and Compassion and Jesse Jackson

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him” – Proverbs 14:30-31

Jesse Jackson chimed in yesterday with an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times titled “Republicans hate government – until they need it.” It’s not worth the read – don’t waste your time. It’s mostly inane babble and political diatribe … and not good diatribe at that.

Still, Mr. Jackson makes one rather telling whopper of a statement on the need for protests in the current economic calamity: “Little is likely to happen — unless people get in motion. Those at the top need to hear from those suffering at the bottom. The unemployed need to march on Washington to demand work. People of faith need to protest against children without adequate food or shelter.”

Wow. The unemployed need to march on Washington to demand work? Really? This means, in a democracy mind you, that the unemployed need to march on the government and demand that the force of government be used to require free people to hire them. How does that fly, exactly?

Far worse though is the last statement. People of faith [that includes me, by the way] need to protest against children without food or shelter!


Seriously, how does it help these poor and hungry kids to be protested by people of faith? Imagine! They’re just sitting their wishing they had food and shelter, and here comes Jesse Jackson and the Christians waving picket signs at them and shouting “hey-hey, ho-ho, all you poor kids got to go!”

OK, maybe that’s not what he meant. It is Jesse Jackson – he’s very hard to understand sometimes.

The point is, you don’t protest to stop hunger – you feed somebody. The Lord’s description of judgment in Matthew 25 doesn’t say “you saw me hungry and protested on my behalf, demanding that somebody else provide me with food.”

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