To the Editor,
Regarding Steve Kopa's Feb. 23 letter; it's always ironic fun when liberals try using the Bible to justify their political positions.
It's ironic because liberalism is endlessly working to rid the world of Judeo-Christianity. Fun because liberals quote scripture the way Satan quotes scripture; they may know the words, but the meaning, context and perspective often elude them.
After all, the Book of Job is Joe Biden's favorite book of the New Testament; and didn't the Democrats literally "boo" God at their convention?
Mr. Kopa's latest passionate ode to class envy, characteristically railing against people who have more stuff than he does, among other items, is made all the more amusing when, yes, he tries to use scripture to make his point.
As proof of his contention that God hates wealth, Kopa cherry-picks Matthew 19:24: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter Heaven"; Jesus' words.
This follows the conversation with the "rich young man," in response to whose questions on how he may enter Heaven, Jesus tells to give up his possessions, and follow Him. The man leaves distraught, because he's very wealthy.
Jesus, being God, knew that the man had, indeed, obeyed the commandments "all (his) life." However, while he obeyed the letter of the law, he was not obeying the spirit, simply doing it out of obligation, not to honor, or know, God.
Christ said only that it's difficult for the rich to enter Heaven, not impossible. After all, as that passage closes, he says, "with man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).
I would also direct Kopa to Mark 10:21, which relates the same story, adding, "Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him" and gave him the advice. Jesus loved him, despite his wealth.
Christ calls us to be "cheerful givers;" to help the poor, but not to meet the every want and need of successive generations, until they no longer have the desire to fend for themselves, as has happened with welfare and entitlements.
Quoting St. Paul, "He who works not, neither should he eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
This, consequently, gives them yet another god to focus on: government. God doesn't want that, either; but government, and especially our present government, doesn't mind at all.
God doesn't hate rich people, as socialists like Mr. Kopa do. If He does, I certainly hope Mr. Kopa is ready to renounce all worldly goods, as standards have risen; the average First World citizen today is probably worth as much, or more, as that rich young man of 2,000 years ago.
The problem isn't wealth; it's that wealth can complicate our lives, drawing our focus from God. After all, "the love of money is the root of all evil" (Timothy 10:6), and not money itself. The rich young man's focus was on his stuff, rather than on God; certainly we're all guilty of that to some extent.