Solve Major Societal Issues with a Bible Verse?

Richard The Chwalek
5 min readOct 21, 2022

Washing your hands of social issues which are infinitely more difficult to solve than physical world problems makes us Christlike, sociopathic, or…?

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We cannot predict earthquakes, so quit studying them. We cannot predict tornadoes, so quit studying them. We cannot greatly decrease the violence guns inflict on people, only add more guns to the problem. Attempting to end poverty is wasted effort so just let charities try. Why do conservatives get so apoplectic when it comes to liberals trying to solve dizzyingly complex social issues? Yes, it likely has something to do with having to pay more in taxes. However, I say the deeper reason is because conservatives fear liberals are intelligent enough to do it, which will make them look foolish.

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Okay, conservatives are correct that most social problems are very difficult to solve. Some may never be more than partially resolved, or at the very least take untold generations. There are zero venture funds that will take such a long term bet. Maybe some angel investor, but few have such an eternal spirit in them. That leaves us with eternally progressive souls, utterly devoid from current reality dreamers, and hopelessly idealistic individuals. Speaking of zealous radicals and purveyors of progressiveness…

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Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.” — Mark 14:7, New International Version* (Bible).

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Now, I purposely chose Mark’s verses, since he seemed more Christlike. Both Matthew’s verses and John’s verses, have no extra time for the poor. They removed the middle section, i.e. you can help them any time you want. Luke had other things to say, but ignored conservatives in this perfuming Jesus head-to-toe act, altogether. *Most every version of the New Testament follows this pattern. And when did a (Christian) conservative ever make time to oil head to toe any sandal-footed, radical fringe Jewish zealot?

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Of course, since he did die on the cross, and was raised 3 days later, we now always have Jesus with us, right?

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Richard The Chwalek

Mostly serious stuff w/ bits of sarcastic fluff. I wish more could be told yet bios have room 4 short & bold. You’ll see less length isn’t my greatest strength.