Here is the current state of our public dialogue.
“Jesus Saves,” as we all know.
So an American entrepreneur opens the Jesus™ Savings and Loan, Inc. Their motto: “Jesus Saves, and so can YOU!”
The business is a huge success, particularly among the ultra-religious Christians.
The first CEO is well-aware of the irony of it all, and doesn’t care, he’s getting rich. He thinks he’s brilliant.
The second CEO is aware of the irony, but isn’t interested, as he has a serious business to run. He thinks he’s responsible.
The third CEO is not aware of the irony: he is of the generation whose parents banked with Jesus™ S&L, and he believes in his heart that he is doing the Lord’s work by charging interest on loans, and foreclosing on “deadbeats” who missed a house payment. Hard work, but it’s his cross to bear. He thinks he is righteous.
After all, Jesus saves. Right? Which means Jesus clearly understands the power of compounding interest, and doesn’t have a problem with accumulating wealth.
Someone comes along, now, and says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”
The CEO of Jesus™ Savings and Loan responds, “Atheist! Blasphemer! Anti-christ!”
This is the state of our current public dialogue.