Trickle on Down, Oh Lord, Trickle on Down

Who are the poor? According to the 1996 United Nations report “On Human Development,” we live in a world where the top 358 billionaires are wealthier than the combined annual income of countries that contain 45 percent of the world’s population.

(Miguel De La Torre, Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, 2010)

I want to say something, but I’m afraid I might anger the rich.

I depend upon my trickle down effect.

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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3 thoughts on “Trickle on Down, Oh Lord, Trickle on Down

  1. We’ve always had people with more money, and people with less. Always have, always will. Jesus didn’t condemn those with an abundance, he simply asked one person, who seemed to have a problem with his wealth, to give it away and join him. Times were extremely had when Jesus was on earth, so it’s not surprising he lived in a communal organization. This doesn’t mean he was a socialist. In fact, he was a tradesman and evidently converted his skills to material items that maintained his sustenance. One wealthy person who takes risk and probably works hard doing it, does more for humanity than hundreds of “do-gooders” who ARE doing some good, but in an infinitely smaller quantity. The person given by God an abundance of material items also created jobs, that put food on the table, shelter over the family and kids through school. He (or she) enhanced human dignity by creating a worthwhile and productive activity for people to commit themselves to. The material items these person’s businesses created also brought goodness. Using God’s help, these individuals coordinate production of food, a home or a computer or any other myriad of material items that the world needs. This is noble work. Your work as a pastor is no more, or less, noble.

    1. It should probably come as no surprise- I agree with you. I agree that my job is no more “noble” than most and that there are probably (some) honest job-creating billionaires amongst that 358.

      However, I see my “work as a pastor”…no, my work as a Christian…. perhaps my work as a human being, to consist of saying something when I come into contact with the huge inequity… the gross inequity… the children-of-the-poor-dying kind of inequity that is all too patent in our world.

      I’m just trying to be honest with this post and admit That I don’t always want to say something. Sometimes I’d rather protect my privileged, middle class status.

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