Our society has essentially become one big overrated high school; a place where all the cool kids hang out in cliques and look down their noses at the nerds or even the “normal” kids. (That’s you and me.) I can personally vouch for the veracity of this metaphor as I was unashamedly in the nerd coterie for eight years of my life. (I’m including college.) Heck, I’m still a nerd, and proud of it.
In my high school, you could always tell who the cool kids were because they all looked, talked, acted and, surprisingly, smelled alike. They were all wearing the same stupid hip brand-name clothing, driving the same trucks, wearing matching sunglasses (back then it was Oakley's) and drinking the latest coma-inducing energy drinks. It was cool to be cool. And if, like me, you abided by the uniform policy, brought your lunch from home and never skipped a homework assignment, you were uncool. You were a “dork.” (Or something like that.) The boneheaded jocks, the ditzy cheerleaders and the preppy snobs all adhered to this mantra of what was considered to be socially cool at the time.
Our current political and societal culture is no different. Take for example our President. Since stepping into office, he has created his own version and vision of what he thinks is “cool.” He was elected because he’s “cool.” He’s the first black president, he mingles with the Hollywood elite on a regular basis, he shows off his six-pack on the beach (remember that photo?), and he even plays golf with Tiger Woods. What more could you want from the Leader of the Free World? Am I right?
However, unlike many of my early classmates, President Obama isn’t gloating about his expensive clothing. (Although I’m sure he could.) He’s out there touting ideologies and enacting policies that he thinks are cool — unrestricted welfare programs, universal health insurance, military downsizing in the name of world peace and, of course, wealth redistribution. (Just to name a few.) And, unfortunately, millions of Americans have bought into his “cool” agenda. If you can label something as “cool” for long enough and can convince people that they should follow you because you are cool, they’ll fall for it quicker than the value of the dollar in Obama’s economy. (See what I did there?)
Shockingly, and quite disappointingly, the latest victim of Obama’s vortex of ideologies is none other than Pope Francis, the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church. I have to admit, he’s a pretty cool dude. He even has a Twitter account. I guess it’s easy to amass over four million followers when you’re the pope of the largest global Christian church in the world. There’s something like over 2.5 billion Catholics in the world. And let’s not forget his Popemobile. That’s a pretty sweet ride.
While in Rome last Friday, Pope Francis met with United Nation officials to advance what he is calling “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
Before I continue, let me be clear: I respect the Catholic faith. I have close friends who are Catholic. We may disagree on a few theological points, but I respect and even admire their long-held beliefs and traditions.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way...
The Pope’s quote (and the belief system upon which it is based) is terrifying. Here’s why:
By endorsing what is, without a doubt, the policies of socialistic wealth redistribution (helmed by Obama), Pope Francis is in danger of aligning the global Catholic Church with beliefs that stand in direct contradiction to the values of Christians as a whole. The Church (capital “C”, i.e. the global church) is, always has been and should be an institution that helps the poor through voluntary and nonprofit contributions. What does that look like? Sacrificing your time, talents and treasures to help those in need. Tithing during your Sunday morning service is always a plus. Clothing the naked, feeding the hungry and housing the homeless doesn’t require policies of wealth redistribution. It just requires hard work, dedication, diligence, commitment and love.
It's terrifying that the world's most prominent and influential religious leader could be on the verge of indirectly suggesting some sort of church-government amalgamation. I hope not. The last thing we need is the government probing even deeper into churches.
I’ve had enough of this socialistic “take from the rich and give to the poor” mentality. I don’t know what ideological or theological background Pope Francis is coming from. Right now I’m not sure anyone does. All I know is that the Robin Hood methodology doesn’t work for modern American economics. Trust me. We would all end up poor. The middle class would be completely wiped out. There will be a few select, wealthy elites (the "cool") running the nation and only one class of people: the poor class. Except in that scenario, there would be no one left to help the poor.
And that, dear reader, is what is truly terrifying.
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