Reverend Marcos Granconato, pastor of the Redenção Baptist Church, in São Paulo, surprising a total of zero people, posted a post on his social networks that caused an uproar. The Baptist leader in office said that “most beggars have a scriptural duty to starve, for Paul says to the Thessalonians, ‘If one does not work, let him also eat.'”
no! You didn’t read it wrong. He said exactly that: most beggars, according to the Bible, should really be hungry, because they do not work, they have no right to food. And he still blames the apostle Paul for writing this to the Thessalonians.
Bolsonarismo highlighted (yes, there is a deep connection between Bolsonarismo and the “courage”” of these pastors to say these things) which is the worst across the board, and was no different in the evangelical environment. Everything that was said in secret, which priests and leaders were afraid to say in public, for fear of “looking bad” surfaced. It came with an atmosphere of celebration.
As I said, I’m not surprised by the aforementioned pastor position, considering that he has recently bet on cynicism and savagery as a way of “caring” (like many others). Ridiculous/disgusting/violent as a form of force was the key word for Bolsonaro and all his followers, in whatever areas of representation they might be. This was also the case in the churches: the Paulsonian priests left “for all or nothing”. All the theological rubbish they have hidden under the rug over the years is now scattered with vigor and vigor.
What amazes me in a way (not that I didn’t expect it, but…) in this Christianity without Christ, increasingly far from the Gospel, is the celebration of this humble, anti-Christian and perverted way of converting structural sins such as racism, homophobia, masculinity, and aporophobia ( aversion to the poor) “in the way of being a Christian.”
There is nothing, I repeat, nothing in this “Paullist Christianity” that has any connection with Jesus, the poor of Nazareth, who was supported even by some women who believed in his ministry. Was Jesus a “tramp”? From Granconato’s point of view, sure.
In fact, this is Jesus himself who says that one of the criteria for judging nations is the fact that they give food to the hungry and water to the thirsty:
“For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you made me drink. I was a foreigner and you welcomed me.”
I needed clothes and dressed me up. I was sick and you take care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.
“I tell you the truth: what you did to one of my younger brothers, you did to me.” (Matthew 25:35-40)
It seems that in the Bible this “disciple of the Bible” this verse is abolished, like all other Bible verses that speak of support for the poor, orphans, widows, and all who are helpless. Even more interesting is the fact that it uses a text from Paul’s Epistle to the Thessalonians, where the apostle advocates that pastors should work abroad so as not to be a burden on poor churches, which would put an end to the dynamics of pastors supported by the exploitation of tithes for the disadvantaged.
For this priest and others, the translation of the Bible should be “I was hungry and you called me a homeless; I was thirsty and said I was lame; I was a foreigner and I screamed that I was the scum of humanity, that I needed clothes and said I did nothing to get dressed; I was sick and you laughed at me, I was In prison and raised banners saying “A good criminal is a dead criminal.” This is the “Bible of Granconato” … It can be from Malafaia, from Feliciano, from Valadões, from Valandro Jr, from Yago Martins, from Linhares and others … Shepherds Themselves, moneychangers in the temple, damn them!
As long as bread is not our bread, no one can call God our Father! Either bread for everyone or no one. I conclude with the last verses of a famous hymn to many Brazilian Christians, “What shall I do if I am a Christian,” by the Reverend. Joao Dias de Araujo:
To the mighty I will preach,
I will tell rich men
This is an injustice to God
Cruel misery insults the heavens.”
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