Thursday, September 9, 2010

“No Socialism” v. “No Selfishness”

As a follow up to the prior post, another interesting part of the aforementioned Methodist pastor’s sermon on “Peace with Justice Sunday” involved his reality check to the congregation that justice doesn’t come easy. He noted it generally requires sacrifice.

In that context, the pastor described that locally in San Antonio there had recently been a big political debate involving a potential increase in taxes. In response to the controversy, he mentioned that some folks in town had put up signs in their lawns that stated “no new taxes” or “no socialism.” The pastor observed that others in town had responded to such signs by placing their own signs in their lawns: “no selfishness.” Indeed, during our trip, we did notice several of those “no selfishness” signs around town.

I really did not know much about this phenomenon other than the brief mention in the pastor’s sermon. Recently, my mother (an avid newspaper reader) sent me an article about this war of signs the pastor had referenced. I thought it was an interesting article. It is available at the following link:

Psalm 12:5

“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

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