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The Heart of Money: ​ The “Fine Print” Commandments We Give Ourselves



Columnist Paul Sutherland offers a new path that embraces inclusivity and truth.

No one asked, but I have been thinking a lot lately about what might make a “Christian nation.” What I see from so-called Christian leaders—whether in church, government, or business—has little in common with the words of Jesus and how a person should follow them. I live in Uganda, the most Christian nation in Africa, but what I see are buildings called “churches” that fill on Sunday with people dressed up in the best outfits—yet who seem to find unity in exclusion and bad behavior. These people condemn homosexuality, but seem indifferent to rampant corruption, spousal abuse, child abuse, selling girls for cows, and rape before marriage. Last month, while I was doing a parenting and literacy event, one man had just married off his seven-year-old daughter because he needed the equivalent of $10 to pay his son’s school fees. The local parliamentarian, who spoke that day, did not mention such atrocities in the everyday life of Uganda; instead, she railed against homosexually, supposedly brought to Africa by American and European colonizers. It’s hard to know where to begin to confront …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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