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Republican Operative Dr. Michael Brown Defending the Rich in the Name of Jesus

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As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. - 1Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)

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New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) operatives routinely defend their masters, the Republican Party in America. One might even argue most do so unconsciously. The problem is that they spend so much time conferring righteousness to the GOP, which they never earned, that they convince themselves they simply must always be right. When dealing with political matters that have a moral tinge they can sound pious but when they stray into blatantly political arenas they just come off sounding as political whores. One such area that the Republicans are often defending is the very rich in this country. George W. Bush once quipped that the one percent was his "base." They are constantly trying to pass tax cuts the primarily benefit this one percent under the failed voodoo economic theory known as "trickle down economics." Decades of data have proven that rich people do not share their wealth with the poor and giving them more money does not result in any trickling down.

With that as the backdrop, the above linked article is interesting from both a carnal and Christian perspective. It is written by the primary gatekeeper for the NAR, Dr. Michael Brown. Dr. Brown does like to weigh in more on politics than the gospel but this topic seems to stray far away from anything remotely resembling a Christian discussion. Essentially, Brown's argument is that we should not be trying to always "tax the rich." This of course has precious little to do with Christianity or the gospel but Brown tries anyway to shoehorn it in. Let us reason once more together.

"There's no need to pile even more scorn on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's "Tax the Rich" dress worn to a $35,000 per head gala. Social critics like Piers Morgan have already done this, joined by a chorus of conservative commentators and others online, such as on Breitbart. Instead, I want to focus here on the whole "tax the rich" idea. When have we heard this before?" - Dr. Michael Brown

No, keep on piling on your scorn doc. That was entirely what Ocasio-Cortez was aiming for when she trolled you with that dress. The sad thing is you connected the irony of wearing a tax the rich dress while at a fundraiser attended by rich people without correctly divining intent. What is sad however is your constant use of discredited sources as your support. Piers Morgan? The guy who couldn't take the heat recently regarding a debate about Meghan Markle so he stormed off the set? Breitbart? Seriously? Some fact checking sources designate a separate page of their website for the lies and disinformation of Breitbart alone!

'Although the phrase is common enough, especially during political seasons (which, these days, seem to be constant), when I hear those words, my mind immediately races back to 1971. That's when the rock band Ten Years After, led by singer and guitarist Alvin Lee, released its hit song, "I'd Love to Change the World." The lyrics began with this opening stanza, followed by the refrain:

Everywhere is freaks and hairies

Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity

Tax the rich, feed the poor

'Til there are no rich no more?

I'd love to change the world

But I don't know what to do

So I'll leave it up to you

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