Rita Hennenberger on Overturning the Gospels

Rita Hennenberger, contributing editor to
Newsweek, offers a provocative commentary on how the culture leads us to view
poverty and working with the poor. She makes a sharp point–that we’ve
convinced ourselves it’s moral to <i>not</i> assist them and we’ve
even made the case to ourselves that’s it’s a tenet of Christian
faith.

When FEMA handed out $2,000 debit cards to a few affected storm evacuees in Houston the agency was immediately criticized for its largesse (among other reasons). One governor said the program should be halted because it was difficult to separate the freeloaders from those with legitimate needs.

Rita Hennenberger, contributing editor to Newsweek, offers a provocative commentary on how attitudes toward poverty and the poor are strangely counter to the teachings of the gospels which call us to love our neighbor and show special concern for the poor and vulnerable. Never the less, the gospels are being used to justify selfishness and to focus on individual sexual behaviors at the expense of our wider corporate responsibility for injustice.

Hennenberger says this shift represents an “overturning of the gospels.”

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