Evangelical Leader Jerry Falwell Jr. Attacks Poor People, Contradicts Jesus
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, told the Washington Post that President Donald Trump could not lose the support of Christian evangelicals no matter what he does, and then he attacked poor people:
Only because I know that [Trump] only wants what’s best for this country, and I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically “conservative,” but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I can’t imagine him doing anything that’s not good for the country…
Why have Americans been able to do more to help people in need around the world than any other country in history?
It’s because of free enterprise, freedom, ingenuity, entrepreneurism and wealth. A poor person never gave anyone a job. A poor person never gave anybody charity, not of any real volume. It’s just common sense to me.
The Friendly Atheist notes that Falwell directly contradicted Jesus regarding the poor in Mark 12:41-44:
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.”