"If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions. Jesus said to his disciples, "Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."For the biblical literalists out there: would it be easier for a rich woman to get into Heaven? Did Jesus literally just mean to exclude men from wealth? (I digress, but I cannot miss the chance to throw a jab at the fundamentalists among us).
I bet that the Brentwood boys club also ignored this little gem in the survey of the Hebrew scriptures:
If you lend money to any of my people, even to the poor, you should not be to him as a creditor; neither shall you lay upon him interest.Christians have been practicing usury and rationalizing it against their own teachings since Henry VIII, so why stop now when there is so much more money to be made and God to be used as justification for wealth?
It would have been nice if the Tennessean had reported the whole story that these men "apply" some Christian principles to the workplace, while ignoring others.