Our Newly Elected Tax Collectors

Brief

Our Newly Elected Tax Collectors

November 4, 2010

Abstract

Call it happenstance, but in the gospel proclaimed in many Christian churches on Sunday, October 24about a week before the electionJesus admonishes those "convinced of their own self-righteousness," then makes a tax collector the hero in the parable cited. Actually, tax collectors seem to come out okay in a lot of religious stories; take the Buddhist one about the brahmin Dhananjani, an unscrupulous tax collector who exploited both the king and the public, yet still could at death attain a happier rebirth. Not to downplay these religious themes, but I couldn't help seeing a secular twist: more than in any recent period, our newly elected representatives, many of whom ran on platforms of self-righteousness, are called to be our tax collectors.

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