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Tue Oct 24, 2023, 11:43 AM Oct 2023

The Evangelicals Calling for War on Poor People

I always understood the following passage as being a cornerstone of Christian thought: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. - Matthew 5:3-5.

Well, in the era of facebook and twitter with Trump being seen as a holy warrior, this passage is just so old and out of touch that it is almost of biblical vintage. Welcome to the new evangelical view of Christianity.


A God who does his best work in the dark hours is integral to the story of American evangelical Christianity. The stuff of country music songs and conversions in roadside motels, Jesus tends to come to people at their lowest and loneliest. The only problem is that some of God’s most pernicious modern apostles understand this all too well. At a time when fewer and fewer believers are going to church, it is consumption, in these dark times, that illuminates a deeply antisocial shift in evangelical Christian beliefs.

Chief among the new doctrines is the idea that God rewards “seeding”—that is, the “sowing” of financial donations to churches, or favored online preachers—with a material harvest in return. The prosperity gospel might sound as old-fashioned—and feel as familiar—as a preacher in a three-piece suit, but a new and cynical version is making a comeback across ministries both old and new; among people who go to church and those who get their faith online.

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In Mattera’s vision, which appears rooted as much in right-wing talking points as in theological ideas, “​​there are clear worldview implications for Christians to consider on the topic of work and welfare.” A hereditary influencer who made his name creating a “whites-only scholarship” while at college, he concedes that Christians should be at “the tip of the spear” when it comes to looking after the poor but largely for other Christians. The unfortunate, he writes, “have chosen the path of poverty.”

This is a worldview that seeks to wage not a war against poverty but a war against the poor instead—those who have, in his view, shown insufficient faith. This might come as a surprise to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the teachings of Jesus, but it represents the culmination of a long strand of American Protestantism that gained hold after World War II.
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The Evangelicals Calling for War on Poor People (Original Post) TomCADem Oct 2023 OP
These people are no more Christians than the Nazis were Socialists. hadEnuf Oct 2023 #1
Post removed Post removed Dec 2023 #3
Easy fix. Take all the Evangelicals' money; give it to the poor; the poor are now middle income! No more poor. Wonder Why Oct 2023 #2


(2,244 posts)
1. These people are no more Christians than the Nazis were Socialists.
Tue Oct 24, 2023, 11:59 AM
Oct 2023

It's simply a phony claim to cover up what the really are.

Response to hadEnuf (Reply #1)

Wonder Why

(3,438 posts)
2. Easy fix. Take all the Evangelicals' money; give it to the poor; the poor are now middle income! No more poor.
Tue Oct 24, 2023, 01:51 PM
Oct 2023
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