Monday, June 6, 2022

The Daily Stumble goes beyond the normal level of cognitive dissonance

Atop Mark Shea's Facebook feed today we find this sensible and true assertion:

Jesus Christ is not here to put the stamp of approval on your political ideology.

Yet several minutes before this, he linked to this dainty morsel on his blog which I call The Daily Stumble. Excerpt:

The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell your guns and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young Gun Lover heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had a great arsenal.

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a Gun Lover to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a Gun Lover to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mt 19:16–24)

Mark Shea admits that this is a paraphrase of what Jesus said to the rich man in Matthew 19. And I submit to you that this paraphrase is an attempt to have Jesus Christ put the stamp of approval on his political ideology "gun hurt people whole bunch so gun bad".

I would love to go up to anti-gun-Christ and mock him — which is ok since he is not the real Christ — by pointing out "hey, them liberals love theyself some fancy plug-in cars and proceeds from they car sale gonna feed a whole lot more po' people than from my gun, bruh".

I don't know anyone who loves guns, period. A gun is a tool that can be used for good or ill. People tend to get attached to things for many reasons. If you are holding onto your great grand-daddy's 30-30 for sentimental reasons, I would definitely sell it and buy someone for which you can buy cheaper and more common ammo. There's my free practical advice for the day.

Taken from an article titled "Lithium Mining and Its Impacts on the Environment" (


  1. ANY Christian in a first world nation should be VERY careful about bringing up that parable to point any fingers at others.

    I mean especially when typing it up from a computer. Did the Rich Young Ruler have a computer? No. What about a car? A television? A stove? A microwave? A refrigerator? Indoor plumbing? Maybe we should compare the quality of the house you live in, and the bed you sleep in to that which the Rich Young Ruler had.

    99.9% of us in America have greater wealth than the Rich Young Ruler being scolded to by Jesus. And to whom much is given, much is expected.

    As the saying goes, maybe Mark should work on the national forest in his own eyes, before helping others with their speck of dust.

    1. Yep; we are all loaded. And the rich young dude was out of luck if he got some some malady which is treatable now, so in a way the poorest person in America has more access to societal wealth than in ancient times.
      Also the pictures Shea posts are hilarious. Access to Google picture search and knowledge of Rule 34 can uncover just about any fetish. These are not representative of the people carrying concealed or protesting restrictions on the right to bear arms.