In Rev. Koonz' long article on the U-B's religion page, he stated that the greed and mismanagement of our generation amounted to stealing from future generations, which violates the Ten Commandments, as well as endangering our own economic well-being.
He criticized the need for increased funding for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and "Obama Care" (the program that will provide health care for 30 million Americans who are presently uninsured).
He wrote, "But more taxes take money from our pockets."
In response, Jonathan Webster quoted the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." He wrote, "With fair taxation we can provide for the public good, as well as charity for the poor and vulnerable among us."
What Mr. Webster doesn't understand is that the Golden Rule is outdated.
Certainly Jesus' teachings focus on our duty to help people in need. Matthew 19:24 states "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
But God evolved. As tea-party evangelism spread through our churches, God's message changed from "Love one another" to "Look out for number one."
The new Golden Rule is spelled out in the Bible verse "God helps those who help themselves." (If you don't know where to find it in the Bible, ask Rev. Koonz or another pastor.)
Tea-party evangelism is about "me." That's why it attracts us narcissists.
We refuse to pay more taxes to help vulnerable people. If they get sick and die because we dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and "Obama Care," it's not our fault. As Cain says, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
We plan to replace Matthew 19:24 with this verse: "Better a thousand go hungry than one rich man go without his caviar."
If good works mattered, Christians would work alongside Muslims, Jews, atheists and agnostics to make the world a more humane place. We would no longer need church hierarchies to guide us.
A world without tea-party pastors? Heaven forbid!