Ti€s that Bind

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?” — John Wesley

19. 28. 334,570,678. 9.5. Members of the eurozone. Members of the EU. Population of the eurozone. GDP of the eurozone, in trillions. But numbers are sanitary things. They do not “lie,” but they can be manipulated. They do not get at any existentially real truth. What, in truth, is the euro about?

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The Least of These: Diaconical Taxation

 “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'” — Matthew 25:40

A social system will always have gaps in it; spaces and borders that cannot totalise the landscape of human life and society — there will always be spaces and the people who occupy them that fall outside the borders we draw for our social space and that we care for. There will always be the other, the poor and the outcast. Jesus promised and prophesied as much. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t create a system…

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