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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Family Research Council Urges Death to Corrupt Bankers

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has been raining fire and brimstone on sinners everywhere.  Apparently he takes this stuff pretty seriously.  He’s asking ministers across the country to sign a letter that states, in part:  “…We believe that ‘the wages of sin is death’ (Rom. 6:23)…”

The linked article doesn’t specifically mention usury, but that’s presumably what Tony Perkins is referring to.  After all, usury — the charging of excessive interest rates — is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible.  And not in a good way.

The Bible has passage after passage after passage about  usury.  Here are just a few examples:

“ If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.”

“ If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.  Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.  You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit.”

“If he has exacted usury Or taken increase — Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him.”

Boy, is He strict!

Now of course the Bible also has the odd passage here and there that warns against eating shellfish, coveting your neighbor’s wife, being homosexual, working on the Sabbath, yada yada…

But with page after page of warnings not to practice usury, that has to be what Tony Perkins is talking about.  Well Tony, the banking industry is full of sinners.  Go get ‘em!

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Blogger Lisa said...

No wonder the banks have such close ties to our government.
Maybe Perkins should go get the government instead.
Oh wait that's what the Tea Party is already doing.

May 31, 2012 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

No,no. You've got this one all wrong. The wages of sin have nothing to do with usury, it's about paying for your sins when you die. Here's how it works: http://youtu.be/0AKvRvL5r3A

May 31, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I hear sin is very profitable these days. :-)

May 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

If biblical sanctions against usury start being taken seriously, the banksters, the entire Republican/conservative establishment and — especially — the credit card companies are in deep doo doo. Usury became the American way when Carter ended Fed control of bank lending rates.

Here's a bit of historical perspective on biblical warnings about usury. In those days failure to repay a debt could result in a person being enslaved or having a son, daughter or wife taken to be sold into slavery.

May 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mr. C: LOL. I used to love his SNL skits.

Demeur: Yup, very very profitable.

SW: True, debtors used to be treated a lot more harshly way back when. But it would be poetic if the Christian Right focused their wrath on Wall Street. Unlikely but poetic.

May 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM  

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