Sex and Money
I was teaching today from two stories; encounters between Jesus and rich people. As the day comes to a close, I'm pondering why it is that we are more prone to get enraged over sexual sin than economic sin. Why, for instance, does discussion about homosexuality elicite a fairly large response, while entries about justice and ecnomics receive barely a whimper?
I speculate that sexual issues are easier to talk about because we who are North American Christians are so wedded to our economic system that it's difficult to face those kinds of issues head on. Sexual sin is, for most people, a safer topic because its either something we don't struggle with, or if we do, it's something we struggle with privately. Our economic issues, however, are so public, so universally accepted, and so tightly woven into the fabric of everything we do that they are, perhaps, more threatening, and thus more difficult to see.
Does anyone have thoughts on this: Why would someone be more upset that a company such as Nike offers 'partner benefits' to its homosexual employees, than that the same company exploits its overseas workers, paying them an unlivable wage, while enjoying enormous profits for themselves. That we would be up in arms about the former while virtually ignoring the latter says something about evangelicals. My question to you is: What does it say?