Welcome to Banned Book Week. I'll be posting about that in a bit, but first, a brief assignment, should you be inclined to accept it.
Take this photo which has been making the rounds on FaceBook and Google+:
Print out 1,000 of these, go to book stores in your area and stick them into the pages of every bible you see on the shelf. All of them. New Testament, Torah, Koran, Book of Mormon, all of them. You will be doing Christians all over the United States an enormous service.
First, you will be reminding the faithful who remember who and what Jesus said about the pursuit of excessive wealth and power (bad) and humility and charity (good). That's some basic reinforcement of a generally positive idea: a good thing.
Second, you will be reminding those who have taken less positive variants of this fascinating faith (let's refer to them collectively as Power Seekers*) and turned them into commands, that they are not living up to their savior's ideals (bad).
Third, by alerting those of us who are not Christians of those positive ideals by their savior, you will be reminding us that genuine Christians exist and have influence over their brothers and sisters. You will be reminding us that it's not Christianity which is necessarily the problem so much as some Christians who misread the words printed in their bibles and decide that wealth and power are valid ends in themselves.
If nothing else, share this meme around a bit and let's see what happens.
*I'm thinking specifically of Tea Partiers and people who internalize the writings of Tim LaHaye, but the field is wide open for additions to this group.