Both Jesus and disciples of Paul know something that has been obscured in our hyper capitalistic churches. Labor deserves pay! Renumeration for the sweat on the brow, the aching muscle from picking lettuce, the worn bones from years in the cab of the shaking semi, the hours of writing to make Ariana Huffington millions, the sessions of pastoral care in a rural parish she practices at a fraction of her male counterparts pay…
It is now undeniable that our society continues to enrich a few on the productivity of the masses. It is well past time for clergy and laity to listen to the historical voices of those who are blunted by the lawyer, banker and chamber of commerce class that has held our church’s stewardship hostage far too long. These voices are an important witness to the radical nature of Christ’s message to the poor, not those who do not need the physician.
Pick up people like: Toyohiko Kagawa, Jane Addams, Charles Stelzle, Francis Grimke, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, James Cone, Dorothy Soelle, Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, Helen Keller, Eberhard Arnold, Dom Helder Camera, Howard Thurman, Robert Rauschenbusch, Mother Maria Skobtsova, William Stringfellow, Chris Crass or Jacques Ellul.
It is well past time for us to reclaim the radical good news of the gospel Jesus proclaimed. As Christ’s representatives on earth we must find our location as a church in the middle of the Christ’s radical proclamation:
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, AND PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.