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Though the were hungry.

One of the things that happens with the lectionary is that you have passages return. Some incidents are in all four gospels, so the accounts are repeated. I have blogged on those who come to Christ for prosperity before.

We are not promised prosperity. We are not promised an easy time. We are promised the opposite. And Christ challenged those who thought they would get food, though they were hungry.

John 6:16-27

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

I live in a society that went welfare state eighty years ago, then doubled down forty years ago and raised entitlements so that pensioners could fully participate in society. We thought we were rich. We tried to ban poverty by tax transfers. In my early twenties, we were bankrupt with tax rates over 66%: I know. I was paying them.

What we now have is generations of entitlement and dysfunction. There is no feedback at the harshest level: if you do not work you still will eat. Our current (left, socialist) government is legislating minimum wages and McDonolads is putting in machines wherever they can and cutting front line staff as a direct consequence.

The government, like (as someone said to me yesterday as we left a meeting) all governments, promises more than they can deliver, calling these goals aspirational, and blaming society for not meeting them.

Seeking salvation in a rice bowl is for the fool.

Seek instead Christ.

2 Comments

  1. Theo

    Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
    Galatians 2:10

    cf Acts 15:19-21

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