Ah yes, rich people have mistreated the poor: Marx was right. But Jesus was more right: the answer is not revolution, but conversion and solidarity. The answer is not creating a government that takes money from the rich and gives it to the poor; the sustainable answer is voluntary poverty and a sharing of resources out of love.
Ah yes, people have wielded the name of God like a hammer: Nietzsche was right. But Jesus was more right: this truth does not change the fact that those who reach out to God out of a great and holy desire will find him waiting with open arms. Political religion can be toxic, but prayer is the key to discerning meaning in life, and the key to building a truly loving and just world.
Ah yes, people secretly like their sex: the Victorians were hypocrites and Freud was right. But Jesus was more right: sex is a great desire which we can use to consume people or enter into communion with them. What is inconceivable to many today—that one can integrate one’s sexuality into a good and holy life without being compulsive about it—is obvious to those who have learned to bring their sexuality into prayer.
Who was right?
August 25, 2011 by joyfulpapist