Gordon Jesus Gekko


Christ on a cracker.

About one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively engaged in daily workings of the world with an economic conservative view that opposes government regulation and champions the free market as a matter of faith.

“They say the invisible hand of the free market is really God at work,” says sociologist Paul Froese, co-author of the Baylor Religion Survey, released today by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

I’m not naïve. Christianity has never been as pure as the driven snow; but I try respect those who genuinely make religion a guide for living and not just an insurance policy against dying…but insisting something clearly as sloppy and vicious as the global market is the master work of the Supreme and Divine being ought to be an huge insult to the true believers. It’s hijacking a moral and ethical code and literally turning it upside down to justify greed, fraud, narcissism…not to mention injustice, both economic and otherwise.

Where’s the outrage?

6 thoughts on “Gordon Jesus Gekko

  1. Now that the invisible hand seems to have dropped the ball, a recent survey shows that only 52% of Americans approve of God’s job performance…

  2. Remember the outroar when clerics dared protest in the 60s?
    Totally without support, but my guess is that the prosperity message popular in the 70s and 80s taught that the righteous shall be rich and that allowed the emergence of the CEO Jesus to emerge as well as the megachurches that are big on fun but light on theology.
    Paper posted above about Osteen. I can’t help but note that the prosperity preachers of the 70s (Osteen, Copeland, Hagin, etc.) passed on and left family members, especially sons, to keep the empire going.

  3. All this really proves is that Americans think God is Money, and Money is God, despite all the holier-than-thou bullshit they spout.
    It also means that the REAL center of American Christianity is Las Vegas. Just as I suspected…

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