Every year I try to go to the Cornerstone Festival (http://www.cornerstonefestival.com/). This event is a counter cultural Christian music and arts event, Woodstock without the sex and drugs, so to speak. So this year I was wandering through the merch tent and came to a table for an organization called There is Enough (http://www.thereisenough.org/web.html). I asked the guy “wuzzup with dat?”. He said the premise is that there is enough money in the Christian world to meet the six basic needs of food, fresh water, housing, clothing, healthcare and justice. Their organization acts as a clearing house vetting ministries that meet those needs to help you and I to know where to donate funds. I thought “interesting, but why would I want to finance an org to help me give money to orgs?” So I took a flyer and moved on.
Later I came to a booth that said “We DEMAND housing, healthcare and jobs!” So I said to these guys, who looked like Agent Orange survivors, “Who do you make this demand to?” and they said “The federal govenrment.” So I asked “who pays for that?” and the guy said “I believe in redistribution of wealth.” So then I said “This is interesting…I just came from a booth that said there is enough money for these things in the Christian community”. Then we talked a little about Ron Sider’s book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, a book I recommend.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am in favor of redistribution of wealth, but it should be voluntary. And particularly it should not be done by the federal government to be thrown into the black hole of government bureaucracy….ahhhh, don’t get me going.
Later I attended a seminar on Eco-terrorism. The Church is kinda getting interested in ecological sorts of things so I thought this might be interesting. So the speaker started reading a paper where he was talking about acts of ecological sabotage being done by groups like Earth First and the Earth Liberation Front in a postive light. So I raised my hand and said “Let me get this straight, as a Christian, you are advocating illegal violent acts of terrorism?” and he says “I neither condemn nor condone these acts” and I’m thinking “Wuzzup wit’ dat?” I ran into the guy later (he was hanging out with the wealth redistribution guys) and he said he couldn’t say he advocates eco-terrorism because the FBI has been known to plant people at seminars like this so that they can arrest him as a terrorist. His justification for these acts was the passage of Jesus clearing the temple. Somehow I don’t equate spiking of logs to destroy lumber mills (and lumber mill sawyers) or sabotaging heavy equipment and arson at building sites as the equivalent to Jesus in the temple.
I gotta go…