Dear @RickWarren, God Doesn’t Care What You Think Is Fair

He really doesn’t.

“Fair” is a human construct, and is always tainted by our own personal worldview.

When God and Christ commanded that we are to care for the poor, there was no “fairness” qualifier put on it.  Loving our neighbor is an absolute, not something we do if it doesn’t inconvenience us.  But even more importantly….

God commands “wealth redistribution” and even gave us the system of how it is supposed to be done.  Perhaps you should go back and read the OT, and study Jubilee Economics before you take to the airwaves to argue semantics over the word “fairness”, a word never in the clip of President Obama you were asked to respond to.

Well certainly the Bible says we are to care about the poor….But there’s a fundamental question on the meaning of “fairness.” Does fairness mean everybody makes the same amount of money? Or does fairness mean everybody gets the opportunity to make the same amount of money? I do not believe in wealth redistribution, I believe in wealth creation.

The only way to get people out of poverty is J-O-B-S. Create jobs. To create wealth, not to subsidize wealth. When you subsidize people, you create the dependency. You — you rob them of dignity.

Is it “fair” that there are people struggling, who can’t pay their bills, who are in danger of losing their homes, who have to choose between food and medicine?

It makes me sad that you believe helping the poor “robs them of their dignity”.  Do you believe the same when Saddleback performs its acts of charity?  Scripture gives no indication that God believed helping the poor ‘robbed them of their dignity’.  In fact, what robs them of their dignity is the message you preach, that helping them wouldn’t be “fair”.

Arguing about the definition of “fairness” and wealth redistribution is a sign of those who have become slaves to the idols of materialism and capitalism.  Instead of standing on the side of justice, against a system that exploits people so a few can reap the rewards of their labor, you’ve sided with the system.

I don’t know who to feel sadder for, you or the thousands who swallow your anti-Biblical prosperity gospel pablum week after week.

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    1. In the Bible I’ve read, marginalizing, ignoring, and oppressing the poor is what robs them of their dignity. I wonder what version Rick is reading?

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