July 21, 2019

Luke 16 and The “Great Gulf Fixed”

And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. *Note* – What does this specifically mean?

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

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CEO Confronted for Hypocrisy and Inaccuracy on Religion and Gay Rights

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Leading Good Governance Group Blasts Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson for Calling Religious Liberty Law “Madness”

National Center for Public Policy Research Confronts Marriott CEO for Comments Against Freedom of Faith at Annual Meeting of Marriott Investors

Hypocrisy Abounds: Sorenson and other Corporate Leaders Such as Apple’s Tim Cook Blast Indiana’s Religious Freedom Efforts While Making Money in Countries Criminalizing Homosexuality

Corporate Leaders Join With Liberal Media in Creating False Discrimination Hysteria – Religious Freedom Laws CAN and DO Exist in Harmony with Civil and Human Rights Protections for Gay Americans

Washington, DC – At today’s annual meeting of Marriott shareholders in Washington, D.C., the National Center for Public Policy Research blasted the hotel giant’s CEO, Arne Sorenson, for comments he recently made disparaging Indiana’s religious freedom restoration law and, by extension, all Americans of faith.

“Sorenson did apologize and assured me that is was not his intent to impinge upon anyone’s religious liberties,” said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. “But that’s the problem, intent aside, his words added to the growing storm of anti-religious sentiment that is sweeping the nation.”

At the Marriott meeting, Danhof stated:

According to the Washington Post, our CEO thinks that religious freedom has no value in our country. Referring to Indiana’s religious freedom law, Mr. Sorenson called it “madness” and “idiocy.” Mr. Sorenson joined an echo chamber – led by the leftist media – in distorting what Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) are all about. He should be embarrassed.

The federal government and 31 states have RFRAs and none of them legalize discrimination against anyone. What Mr. Sorenson and the media have done is to distort common sense laws to attack Americans of faith. You show me a gay couple who can’t find someone willing to bake them a wedding cake and I will show you liars. What the left has done, in the words of esteemed law professor Richard Epstein, is to give the law its “broadest possible construction and then give a parade of horribles, none of which have ever occurred.”

Danhof then asked:

Despite Sorenson’s outlandish attacks on Indiana’s law, Marriott does business in many countries where homosexuality is outlawed and homosexuals are imprisoned and even killed.

So my question is this: will Marriott cease all business operations in countries where homosexuality is illegal and will it also cease business with the U.S. federal government and close its hotels in the 31 states because of their religious freedom laws?

To read Danhof’s entire question, as prepared for delivery, click here.

“Sorenson basically told me that he wanted to ensure that Indiana’s law was written in a way that would allow the state to continue to attract commerce and where folks would be welcome. This just shows his profound ignorance regarding the issue. Nothing in the law would legalize discrimination,” said Danhof. “Furthermore, he told me that is was clear that we weren’t going to agree on the issue. There is nothing to disagree about. I am correct about the legal realities of religious freedom laws. Sorenson is spewing claptrap.”

“It is clear to me that Sorenson does not understand what religious freedom laws are all about. This shows the danger of a CEO, whose expertise is likely in business operations and finance, commenting on a legal and policy issues outside of their comfort zone. His comments did tremendous damage to Marriott’s brand,” added Danhof. “Sorenson is not a Constitutional scholar, and relying on the liberal media to tell the truth is a fool’s errand.”

“The federal government’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been the law of the land for more than 20, years and 31 states have similar laws protecting religious freedom. In that entire time, has anyone been denied a hotel room because of their sexual identity?” said Danhof. “The liberal cry of anti-gay discrimination is hollow. Religious freedom laws do not legalize discrimination. The liberal media is simply lying about this issue. It is shameful that corporate America has joined in this echo chamber of misinformation.”

“In fact, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was co-authored by the late Senator Ted Kennedy, a liberal icon, and signed into law in 1993 by another liberal hero, then-President Bill Clinton. I don’t recall the leftist media ever attacking Kennedy or Clinton for creating a federal law to discriminate against homosexuals. RFRA laws simply make the government show a compelling reason if it takes an action that restricts someone’s religious freedom. That’s it. Any suggestion that these laws endorse discrimination is a lie,” added Danhof.

“With his outburst about Indiana, Sorenson joined with corporate leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook in declaring war on Americans of faith. By specifically attacking religious freedom restorations laws, they are implying that the federal and state governments should have more power to restrict religious practices and beliefs,” said Danhof. “It is a very scary proposition that we have powerful corporate leaders urging our government to wield more control over American lives. It is especially scary when it burdens something so sacrosanct as the American ideal of freedom of religion.”

“It certainly strange that Sorenson feels so strongly about Indiana yet he would say silent about persecution of homosexuals in certain countries where Marriott does business. Surely Marriott’s management has thought about the persecution and lack of basic human rights in various countries in which they do business, and, no doubt, pay taxes, and if they have thought about it, why wouldn’t they share their thinking when asked for it at a shareholder meeting? And if Marriott’s management has not thought about the immense persecution that exists in certain countries in which the company does business, then why was the company’s CEO concerned about a religious freedom law in Indiana that does not cause any persecution at all?”

Mr. Sorenson’s comments to Danhof were lengthy and Danhof did not have access to recording equipment to capture them in full. Marriott, however, says it plans to upload the full audio of the shareholder meeting to its website at some unspecified future time.

The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project is the nation’s preeminent free-market activist group focusing on shareholder meetings and big business. So far in 2014-15, National Center representatives have participated in 67 shareholder meetings advancing free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and many other important public policy issues.

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