Seatbelt Blues

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Franklin Christ

Via Nouvelle Theologie:

"Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that 'God helps those who help themselves.' That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklin's wisdom not biblical; it's counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor."
- Author Bill McKibben, in his Harper's magazine essay, "The Christian Paradox"

It really is amazing, isn't it? That so many think the Bible teaches this ultra-Individualism, an almost Neitschean idea that the self is the first priority. Does it not stand that it should say "God helps those who help others?" or "God helps those to cleave to Him in both love and trust?"

1 Comments:

  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger thimblesee said…

    Thanks for the good news. I've always believed that help was not dependent on helping myself first. What a great way to end my day by reading that!

     

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