Profaning the Sacred and Sacralising the Profane: Capitalism and Faith

Huff Post:Just Economics: By Ron Nikkel: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed … Luke 4:18 (Common English Bible – CEB)

Throughout history these are the categories of people who are not economic players; in fact they have largely been dismissed as economic liabilities. So when Jesus made his public declaration of interest, it was as profound as it was provocative. Moreover, Jesus said that he was on a mission from God.

During many years of visiting prisons throughout the world, I have noted consistently that there are a hugely disproportionate number of poor and powerless people in prison. To be sure, there are a few prisoners from the families of the rich and powerful, but mostly prisoners are numbered among the poor, undereducated and marginalized people. Whether by choice or not, they are persons who have been excluded from the halls of power and commerce. They’ve simply had little or no means to successfully play the economic game.


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