Brock Dickman, a senior Finance Major from the suburbs, made a stir within his department on Thursday after making the claim that Jesus cared about the poor, leaving him unsure of his faith more than ever before. Brock agreed to sit down with me over brunch to talk about the past week. He described what it was like to read the Bible for the first time in his life, “I grew up hearing all the good things about Christianity. How easy it is to get into heaven. How much God loves those who are already blessed and didn’t have to work for it. How you have to make money to give money. But I never sat down and actually read the words for myself. I decided to give it a shot after I got a crush on a cute RTS girl. She wanted me to go to church with her, so that’s what got me to love God.”
Brock began to read the words of the Bible and was astounded to find how much it disagreed with his worldview. “I realized that God actually cares about poor people, and he isn’t just saying that like the Democrats. He means it! Here let me read some of my favorite verses about money: Luke 16:13 ‘No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’ or 1 Timothy 6:10 ‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.’ and Proverbs 28:20 ‘A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.’”
It was after the fifth mimosa that Brock’s epiphany came to him, “I realized something very important about my faith and my relationship to the poor. Christ clearly cares about the poor, but Christianity does not? What gives? That is when it hit me, Christ is no longer Christian. We have the free market now. Before, poor people had nothing to do except pray, now we have given the highest possible blessing, a job. That is what Christ would have wanted if he could have understood economics.”
After the interview, Brock insisted that he pick up the tab, leaving only “God Bless You” on the tip line.