When I was in Nashville, TN, in September, I had the opportunity to hear Dave Ramsey on the radio. I’d heard a lot about Dave Ramsey over the years but I had never actually heard anything from the mouth of Dave Ramsey other than the occassional soundbite on TV.
But listening to Dave Ramsey was a whole ‘nother matter.
I wrote about that experience in a blog post, Hawking Jesus.
The day after I wrote that, I had coffee with a dear friend whose husband pastors at the church Ramsey attends. She was gracious, though, and we had a good laugh about it. She’s known me for a very long time.
As I said in the original post, I am sure Dave Ramsey is a perfectly good man who has helped a lot of people.
I’m just not comfortable with that Carnival-Barker style of evangelism or whatever it is. I’m not smart enough, however, to break down my objections to Ramsey as well as Dr. David J. Dunn did in his essay for the Huffington Post:
Even though the Christian financial “guru” Dave Ramsey claims not to understand Occupy Wall Street, he does know why protesters (and by extension most Americans) want to raise taxes on the wealthy: We are sinners. “At the core of this demand [to raise taxes],” he says, “is envy.”
I was not aware that Ramsey was dissing on the Occupy Wall Street folks until I read Dunn’s essay. So I was deeply troubled to read Ramsey was marginalizing the OWS movement as just sinners doing what they do best, sinning.
I wonder if anyone has pointed out to Ramsey that if what motivates the OWS group is envy then what motivates those opposed to OWS, say people like Ramsey himself, might be greed?