Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Lowly and Despised

For most of human history, the economy was built to satisfy an elite few: kings, courtiers, priests and generals.

Ours is the first economy built to satisfy everyone. This still shocks many of the elite. That's why they make fun of people who live in trailers, own guns and go to church.

The consumer economy serves the humble and lowly as well as the powerful and wise. The apostle Paul didn't know anything about a consumer economy, but he understood the revolutionary potential among those the world had used and ridiculed.

1 Cor 1:26-31

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.

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