Who’s “we”?

Some of us are doing better than others.  I read in this morning’s paper (I heard this week that if you still read a physical newspaper, you’re old) that the billionaires of the world increased their wealth by nearly one trillion dollars last year.

While this may upset some of you, I expect others of you may aspire to count yourselves among this group someday. (Please let me know if there really are any aspiring billionaires who read my blog)

My first thought as I read this, though, was back to all the “we” that has been getting thrown around lately.  As many in our government talk about all the budget cuts that must be made, there is a fairly constant refrain of “‘we’ can’t afford any more taxes!”

While I can’t say that I would look forward to paying more taxes, I do wonder who “we” is when the first person plural pronoun is used by legislators.  Marketplace reports that 2/3 of the House and Senate are millionaires, and the U.S. House of Representatives has a median net worth of $666,000.

So it sounds good, sounds like they really resonate with the people (who’s median net worth is $125,000, by the way).

Who is “we”?

As a pastor and theologian, I cannot leave this just about money or income.  We US American Evangelical Christians have talked a good game for at least the past half century about how ‘we’ are all poor, miserable sinners, saved by grace and offered a personal relationship with Jesus, yet ‘we’ have generally neglected the transforming power that is offered to us all (Romans 12:2).

Who is “we”?

One thought on “Who’s “we”?

  1. good post Steve,
    I will do some serious thinking over this one. Have you read Divine Economy by chance? Written by Stephen Long? I have started it a few times never to get into it deep enough to stick. Starts well though, and is a serious look at such matters.

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