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Luke 12:16-21

Then he told them a parable: The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.

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  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Sometimes when I’m in a particular mood I think of this reading and address my soul directly by the name “Soul”. Soul and I find it amusing.

  • Well, Bob has worked for many years to amass all his stuff.  And now God has told him that he’ll die tonight.  At this point, there’s really only one thing the guy can do:


    (Also, if God needs Bob’s riches, I wonder if he’ll also need a starship…)

  • glendanowakowsk

    Ha!  I’ll bet Zeus doesn’t have a starship!

    Now where can I park this thing?  I’ll have to tear down my garage and build a bigger one.

    Oh, wait…

  • Lawrence LaPointe

    But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”

    Not the 47%, Lord! Not the 47%,
    Book of Romney

  • So, today is apparently the badly named, “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” which is when pastors across the nation stand at their pulpits and be as political as they can in hopes of invalidating their tax exempt status so that they can go to court against the IRS and claim their free speech is being violated.

    I’m hoping Fred will make a post about it, but until then I wrote a post which, being from me, involves swearing and such.

  • I was thinking more along the lines of, “My kids, who will never have to work a day in their lives and can used the riches to influence the political process in such a way as to lower their taxes and shift the burden onto the working classes.  Why, God, who did you think it would go to?”

  • AnonymousSam

    Romney’s book pays particular attention to Genesis 41 onward, wherein
    Joseph foresees years of famine and taxes everyone a share of their
    crops “for the greater good, to build a wealth of grains to feed all the
    nations through the coming years,” … then sells it back to them for a
    stiff profit, bankrupting the farmers who grew those very grains, then
    takes their land and makes them slaves when they can’t pay for the food
    that was stolen from them.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I wish I was still under the impression that today was meant to get the IRS to remember that churches that get political are supposed to have their tax-exempt status yanked. But then I watched Tuesday’s Colbert.

  • I think the tax-exempt status of churches is a bad idea on all sides. It doesn’t just hurt the state; it hurts religion.

    What is political? “Love thy neighbor” is about as political as it gets. Religions all deal with social morality, and that is necessarily political. But they pretend not to be political — they sort of have to. It’s never good when religious leaders lie.

    Tax-exempt status for religions also pretends that they’re separate from society and somehow above it. Let the charitable arms of the religions be tax-exempt like any other non-religious charity, certainly. But not the pastor or rabbi or etc. And the pastoral exemption for treating your workers decently is obscene. Just look up Claire Headley’s life story to see where that leads.