God and Money

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Matthew 6:23-24 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24. No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

I wanted to avoid the Amy Corndog Barrett fiasco as an entirely illegitimate undertaking of Republican Kabuki theater. Finally, someone to take the foul taste of Robert Bork from our mouths. Ms. Corndog Barrett is a woman of great faith, and I respect that. But as we have learned through various legal cases and the Bible itself that such a great faith can be limiting. If for example you were person of great faith and were a county clerk required to issue marriage certificates to Gay couples then the proper course is to resign.

1John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.

Do you love your job in this world so much? The choice is obvious, a stupid job at the courthouse or your immortal soul. The road forks, the world waits, the Bible that holy book is calling. If you can’t bake wedding cakes for Gay couples, you damn sure can’t be a judge on the Supreme Court of the United States.

I once lived in Amish Country in Ohio and there will never be an Amish Supreme Court Justice or Amish policeman or Amish Television star. As soon as you become one you cease to be the other, you cannot serve two masters. Do not love the world. When the Amish die, they are buried with a small blank stone. Who they were isn’t important in the next world, and they weren’t a part of this one. A truly devout and sincere people who live their faith and understand the difference between faith and world. They have faith that God will take care of them but still get up at four in the morning to plow a field with draft horses. Their faith limits their horizons, and they know it.

When you take up your cross, expect splinters. Jesus told you that the world will hate you, why act so surprised?

Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Make tracks, be gone. If they don’t want to hear it, leave! You must come to the faith, the faith can’t come to you. Swimming pools don’t go looking for hot children, and restaurants don’t chase cars. This is what the holy book says. You can be either a judge or a devout Christian, but you cannot be both. Then comes the denial and self-justification, “But we only want to help.”

There are law books and there are God books, and they don’t even keep them in the same part of the Library. Ms. Corndog Barrett is a devout Christian and I respect her for that, but I wouldn’t want a Hindu judge to decide the fate of my cows. Personal beliefs and personal preferences are neither law nor religion. This is what the Amish taught me, God commands, you listen. It’s a one-way street with commandments. There is no Vatican II to ease the rules. You follow the rules, no cheats, and no shortcuts. Orrrr, you are just faking it.

To the average Amish on the street we English appear as drunken hooligans in Indian war paint, brawling naked in the town square. We are loud and they are quiet. We are boisterous and they are self-controlled. They risk their lives and the lives of their families travelling in horse drawn buggies on four lane highways because this is how they believe god wants them to live. To the average person on the street, this is crazy!

“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say we are the one’s who need help?” – Mark Twain

Ms. Corndog Barrett is a person of faith but not my faith. Because she puts her faith up front and center she puts herself into conflict with me, the Constitution of the United States and the words of Jesus Christ himself.

Matthew 22: 15-22 Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Hello, Ms. Barrett, he’s talking to you! He’s saying there should be a separation between church and state. You cannot serve two masters; you cannot have one foot in both worlds. The founding fathers were obsessed by the nightmare of European religious wars and antagonisms. They saw this country as doomed to strife and religious struggle because of “The Good News.” The difference between a prophet and a zealot is the difference between Monday and Thursday, you’ll get there eventually.

Her own book is clear, 1Corinthians 14:34-35  “Let your women keep silence in the churches:  For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

And if they learn any thing, let them ask their husband at home: for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

o·be·di·ence

/əˈbēdēəns,ōˈbēdēəns/

compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.

“children were taught to show their parents obedience.”

Obedience, because this book doesn’t believe women to be the equals of men. A book that doesn’t believe in the very basis of justice, that all are equal.  A book with a plan for the salvation of the universe that ignores half of the human race. A book that by itself should be disqualifying for a judge and a judge who disqualifies herself with a book.

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