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"But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.  Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”     - Hosea ; Hosea 12.6-8


"Since in the Old Testament [sic] the idea of catching fish with hooks is used metaphorically to represent the divine judgment upon the rich and the powerful, the call to be 'fishers of people' is not a call to save people from their sins but rather an invitation to join Jesus 'in his struggle to overturn the existing order of power and privilege."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Anyone who claims to be fighting against the problem of oppression and does not analyze the exploitive role of capitalism is either naive or an agent of the enemies of freedom."      - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 1:17 


"[Jesus'] basic issue, still basic today, is that most people have solved the human dilemma for themselves at the expense of everyone else, putting them down so as to stay afloat themselves. This vicious, antisocial way of coping with the necessities of life only escalates the dilemma for the rest of society."    - James M. Robinson ; The Gospel of Jesus


"The basic fact is that old and new idols produce victims. In the simple, recent words of two Panamanian bishops: 'Gold, a god that begot victims. The dollar, an idol that delivers death."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


“'Spirit! are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more. 'They are Man’s,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree; but most of all beware this boy [Ignorance], for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. 'Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!'"
   - The Ghost of Christmas Present ; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


"The 'worries of this age, the lure of wealth, and all other passions,' this resembles the general exhortations in early Christian ethical tradition, but Mark underlines the specific corruption of affluence."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


I am hungry because you hoard food. You are cold because I hoard clothing. Our dilemma is that we all hoard supplies in our backpacks and put our trust in our wallets! Such “security” should be replaced by God reigning, which means both what I trust God to do (to activate you to share food with me) and what I hear God telling me to do (to share clothes with you). We should not carry money while bypassing the poor or wear a backpack with extra clothes and food while ignoring the cold and hungry lying in the gutter. This is why the beggars, the hungry, the depressed are fortunate: God, that is, those in whom God rules, those who hearken to God, will care for them. The needy are called upon to trust that God’s reigning is there for them (“Theirs is the kingdom of God”).    - James M. Robinson ; The Gospel of Jesus


"I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love."    - Red Cloud ; Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)


"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."    - Ezekiel ; Ezekiel 16.49


"When profits are more important than persons, disastrous results follow for the poor of all colors. It does not matter whether blacks or whites do it. This madness must be opposed."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"It is ironic that America, with its history of injustice to the poor, especially the black man and the Indian, prides itself on being a Christian nation."    - James H. Cone ;


Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

   - Paul the apostle ; 1 Timothy 6:17-19


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