Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Eye of the Needle

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)

Bush Listens to Sermon on Material Wealth. So saith AP via Yahoo! News:
By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - A clergyman implored his affluent congregation, including President Bush's family, to jettison their material possessions....

The Very Rev. Martin Luther Agnew preached Sunday to a packed Episcopal church just down the road from the Bush family's seaside estate. Its oceanfront parking lot was filled with luxury cars....

"Gated communities," Agnew said, "tend to keep out God's people." But, he said, "Our material gifts do not have to be a wall."

"They can very well be a door. Jesus says, `Sell your possessions and give alms,'" Agnew said. "I'm convinced that what we keep owns us, and what we give away sets us free."...
But aren't the people who live inside gated communities also God's people, Rev? And what happens to the poor when they get all those alms? Won't they have trouble getting into heaven? What about putting away childish things, such as tennis and golf, eh Rev?