It’s crazy Bible verse Tuesday and the focus remains, at least for one more week, on the words of Jesus.
“Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” – Mark 4:25
Fantastic! This is part of Jesus’ lamp on a stand parable, but the last sentence is very clear. Those who have will continue to have and have more. Those who do not have will continue to not have and have even less. Sucks to be you if you’re poor!
The most horrible thing about this verse is that too many Christians take the words of Jesus literally and follow statements like this. I’ve seen this verse used as a reason to deny health coverage to everyone and to further cut social safety nets to the less advantaged. I’ve even seen this verse used to justify cutting social security benefits to the elderly! Many Christians like to brag about how much they give to charity, but it’s not charity if your money goes to build a mega church or pay a pastor’s salary. In the end, only a tiny fraction of church tithings go to help the disadvantaged. Just as Jesus said in Mark 4:25. J