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Luke 3:10-14

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”

In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”

Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”

He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.”

Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?”

He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”


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  • Chris Kern

    And the tea-partiers asked him, “Why are you trying to punish success and institute communism?  And what’s with the class warfare — all that ‘woe to those who are rich’ and such?”

  • EllieMurasaki

    “The amount prescribed for you” is less than they collect now. We know this because some rich people still pay taxes. (Context involving tax collectors stealing from the poor above and beyond the legally set taxes? What context?)

  • We Must Dissent

    “be satisfied with your wages.” See. Jesus is clearly anti-union. Workers should take what they are offered and be grateful. These requests for “a living wage” and “benefits” are anti-Christian and anti-American. And, no, the first half of the quoted sentence has nothing to do with the latter half. /tea-party

  • dxmachina

    Roman tax farming was the original privatization scam.

  • Erista

    This passage always makes me a little sad and a little angry, because the people who will insist (INSIST) that the bible mandates that homosexuality is wrong will flutter their hands and make excuses as to why this doesn’t apply to them.

    A homosexual Christian says that the anti-homosexuality passages are either misinterpreted or don’t apply? They’re cafeteria Christians, picking and choosing what they want to obey so as to allow their own sin. A monied Christian who says that it is fine for them to have a dozen coats while their brethren have none? Well, that passage really doesn’t apply! None of us can live up to the high standards of the bible! They already give enough!


  • i was reminded after posting this that John the Baptist tweeted these…

  •  i was just reading (was it borg and crossan?) about how other revolutionary figures of John’s time would baptize by taking revolutionaries outside into the wilderness and then take an entire army through the Jordan into Jerusalem to try to attack it. John decided to go a different route and sent them in as new people (changing their priorities and convincing them to wait for a new way, if i remember correctly), but in small waves, as a bunch of individuals waiting and receptive for a new messiah.

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