When I take off on the occasional fishing trip I try to leave my “normal” life behind. I make a concerted effort avoid anything political trying to avoid newspapers, television sets, political commentary sites on the Internet, etc. My goal is to enter a political vacuüm for a couple of weeks in the hope that when I reemerge things will have changed for the better.
Well, fat chance of that happening. I began the trip home from my recent Florida soiree on Sunday, April 29th. Scanning around the radio dial looking for something interesting to listen to I came across a radio preacher giving President Obama forty kinds of hell. I stuck with him long enough to hear him clearly state that the average poor person in America has a “higher life style” than the average person in Europe.
Well, I hate to be the one to break it to the pastor but many European nations have an overall higher lifestyle than America enjoys as well as better rates of infant mortality, life expectancy, employment security, educational accomplishment, and more.
It could rightly be said the average poor person in America has a higher lifestyle than many of the world’s poor but this shepherd was simply lying to his flock for the sole purpose of broadening the divide between them and those in political position.
I just wonder how often this occurs most Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings in the nation’s churches? Worse yet, how many of the vulnerable are willing or able to challenge the authority and correctness of what their minister is telling them? In a day in which it is so easy to verify, so few take the time.