Saturday, September 17, 2005

They Say, "The Fruit Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree"

''What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. 'Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.'' - Barbara Bush - Former First Lady & Mother of President George W. Bush, upon visiting the evacuees in the Astrodome

I had to actually see the footage of Mrs. Bush myself to believe it. But boy, W's mom makes my point from the September 3 post to a tee. Affluence and privilege without empathy or sense of stewardship obligation blinds the realities of poverty. Period.

The sad thing is, she doesn't think she's said anything wrong.

Money is not itself a bad thing. It's what motivates your heart do something with it.

"Money in the hands of God's children is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked. It gives a place to rest for the traveler.... It provides care for the sick." John Wesley

If John Wesley is spiritual forebear to the "people called Methodists," how far from that tree shall we fall? Hmmm..I wonder.

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