Is that what Jesus was talking about?
Scary article in Harper's magazine called Soldiers of Christ. It's largely about Pastor Ted, the most powerful evangelical you've probably never heard of. He runs the New Life mega-mega-mega church in Colorado Springs, and has at least the pull of James Dobson, if not more. I haven't finished the article yet, both because it's long and because I keep getting scared of this place the more I read about it.
But about halfway through, I came upon this quote, and I think it says pretty much all that needs to be said about Pastor Ted:
“They’re pro-free markets, they’re pro-private property,” he said. “That’s what evangelical stands for.”
I think Jesus might have disagreed a bit with that description of evangelical. In fact, I think I'll let Jesus speak for himself
As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.That's from Matthew 10:7-10, New International Version. That doesn't sound very pro-free market, pro-private property to me, but hey, I'm not Pastor Ted either.