In Matthew 19:24, Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.
Here is a quiz: Which scripture have you heard quoted more in the past 12 months, this one about the eye of the needle or the one about gays being an abomination? (Actually, don’t bother answering, I know already.)
My guess is, most people don’t like the “eye of the needle” passage. It baffles people in the Western world because they are taught from day one success is measured by their stuff. Both rich and poor try to accumulate wealth.
The branch of economics I like most is part of the behavioral sciences where it tries to find the driving forces in peoples’ behaviors. It’s conclusion that people are preoccupied with money is not far from that of the Jesus character.
This was all brought to mind by a story today about the famous TV preacher, Robert Shueller. He is now so broke he needed donations to fix his hot water heater. His fall came from fights among family members over money. I chatted with him here a few years ago. He came in a private jet.
I’d like to do an experiment. It would be for every preacher who is against gay marriage to drop that topic and talk about the “needle scripture”. As often as he condemned gay marriage, he would condemn accumulating wealth.
Then, we would see how long preachers were employed.