Tuesday, March 6, 2007

John Edwards: Jesus is Appalled By the Selfishness of You People [Serge]

After "standing behind" his bloggers who respected the Christian faith so much that they used the term "Jeebus" over 100 times in their postings, John Edwards wishes to talk about morality and his faith. When addressing the common folk, Edwards does not mince words describing what he believes Jesus would think of them (emphasis mine):

What parts of American life do you think would most outrage Jesus?

Our selfishness. Our resort to war when it's not necessary. I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs. I think he would be appalled, actually.
Just as a reminder, Edward's new home that I suppose he built by focusing on his own selfish short term "needs" is an 28,000 square feet behemoth that has a few luxurious touches. These don't include his main house, just the recreation center:

The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”
The interviewer did address the house in the interview, and when discussing his own personal selfishness, Edwards takes quite a different tone:

And so, you know, I come from a very modest place and I've done well and we have a very nice physical structure. It's completely unimportant.
Just to put things into perspective, 28,000 square feet is about 80% the size of a football field. I'm sure he could take his "No Trespassing" signs down and let about 10 poor families in Orange county live on his indoor basketball court alone. Yet, he feels free to tell us that Jesus is appalled by us, and his extravagant living is unimportant. Maybe he feels he really does need the extra space for mirrors to check on his hair.

I'm most amazed that this house is being built right now, even though Edwards must know it will create controversy. Why not at least stay where you are until the campaign is over? The most ironic thing is that instead of keeping a low profile, Edwards has even written a book entitled, of all things, Home.

1 comment:

  1. First of all, welcome back to the dad! You have come out swinging.

    The part of this that jumps out at me and that I considered posting on later, but will now forgo, is the hypothetical nature of Jesus in this discussion.

    My faith is built upon the belief in a risen and living Savior. Jesus is both alive and curretnly aware of the condition of the United States. I would not question anyone's faith, but I caution brother Edwards not to discuss Jesus as if He were some long dead historical figue.

    It appears that the question presupposes that Jesus has no current opinion. "If Jesus were real and here today, what would upset him? Well I think if Jesus were actually real and here he would be upset at ..." Blah, blah, blah.

    Brother Edwards, Jesus is alive. That little nugget of information ought to way heavily on both how you discuss him, and how you understand what currently upsets him about the way we live our life in America today.



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