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We have heard a lot in the past years about Evangelicals being more concerned about issues such as climate change, AIDS, and, especially, poverty.  So it was jarring that there was so little concern from Evangelicals about Senator McCain’s out of touch answer on who is rich in America.  After generously offering that he wants everyone to be rich, McCain suggested that perhaps those who had a wealth of $5,000,000 might make the cut.  Voters are reminded of McCain’s distorted perception of wealth again today when AP reported that John McCain has lost track of how many houses he and his wife own. 

 

We are living in a time when the disparity between those with the most money and those with the least is wider than it has been for a century.  In 2005 an average CEO was paid 821 times as much as a minimum wage earner.  45 million Americans do not have health insurance and the nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year.

 

All religions have warnings about how wealth distorts values and dangerously tempts to focus our lives towards material gain at the expense of our spiritual well being.  You cannot serve both God and Mammon says the Lord (Matt 6:24).  Poverty is a values issue and it is a religious issue.  Both the Republicans and the Democrats must take it seriously if they want, as they claim, to be on God’s side.  

 

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