And ... as my rector would say ... "Nevertheless ..."
Here's the comment I just posted in response to yet-another commenter taking me to task for "mis-reading" Matthew 20 & 25 to be about "wealth distribution."
I'm bemused by the projection onto this post the idea that it promotes "wealth redistribution"======
Let me make it really, really, REALLY clear: It. Does. Not.
My point in using the parables from Matthew is not that God (or Jesus or the Holy Spirit or Ruach or whoever) favors a particular economic solution to the problems of poverty. My point is that God's preferential option for the poor calls us to examine all our preconceived ideas about what is "fair" and trumps them with what is "generous."
And my issue with Rick Warren's ABC interview is not that he isn't entitled to his interpretation of Scripture -- because he most certainly is -- but to challenge the idea that his interpretation and his alone speaks for all Christians. Because it does not.
Critique my position all you want. But kindly critique what I've written ... not what you project onto what I've written. (Thanks for taking time to comment ... fascinating exercise in public theology going on here!)
And then ... if you're in the mood or have some time to kill ... go check it out and comment yourself. Seriously!