To the Editor,
In response to the letter from Sharon Davis Green ("A change of heart is needed," March 30)
Where In the Bible does Jesus go to the Roman government and ask the government to force the Rich Man to take care of Lazarus..
Did the Rich Man have a choice to do what was morally right or choosing wrong and going to Hell.
Charity is a personal choice and the churches abdicated their power of taking care of the less fortunate to the government.
Are you seriously going to try to convince people that organized religion - Catholic, Protestant, Methodist - as an entity are not among the richest 1 percent.
"There is no need to cherry-pick scripture when it comes to what is said over and over concerning helping the less fortunate" Are you going to not "cherry pick your parables to prove your point?"
What about Mark 12 41-44, The Widow's Offering?
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury, Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on.
It is at least an exercise in intellectual dishonesty for someone that lives today in relative excess to tell another person what Jesus and the Bible says about charity.
I want the choice given to the rich man; not the government forcing me to do what the people consider morally right or wrong.
And how many of us truly give like the widow?
Larry James Bunner