In seminary a professor asked us this: if every person who calls themselves Christian had lived out their beliefs would the subprime mortgage crisis have happened?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot
If those involved in the crisis at any level had stood firm and said no to immoral and unstable and predatory financial practices?
From financial institutions to credit agencies to regulators, and even the consumers themselves?
I think of it again now
And the Law of Moses
And the Law of Moses in summary being: love God and love neighbor
Loving God being an internationalization, between the individual and God only
Loving your neighbor being then the externalization, your faith put in practice
The financial crisis was a failure to externalize the faith professed from so many in our society of that internalized faith
In our current crisis I see the same
I see in the reactions of those around me the failure to love our neighbor as ourselves
To be a neighbor to the one bloodied and destitute on the side of the road, to show mercy
As a culture we do not value mercy