I know it's a peculiar question. It comes from a comment I wrote on Lois Wickstrom's latest post. And I realize that this is a particularly peculiar question coming from a Jewish guy. I know, Jesus was one of us, and I certainly recognize that in his thinking, but still....
It's roughly two thousand years ago, you're wealthy and you live in Jerusalem. You do not steal from anyone, nor do you oppress anyone. You don't view it as your obligation to help anyone (they should pull themselves up by their own sandalstraps), so you stroll past beggars in grinding poverty. Jesus sees you and says
It is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
You didn't make poor people poor. You didn't hurt a soul.
So what's Jesus' point? What was the point of prophets before him who said essentially the same thing?
Put another way, what is your obligation?
Obviously, to do what you can, or at least do something, to minimize injustice, to minimize the hurt of those around you.
Back into the time machine and....
It's roughly now, you're White and you live in America. You do not discriminate against anyone, nor do you oppress anyone. You are not racist. You don't view it as your obligation to help anyone, so you stroll past Black people facing daily discrimination. Jesus sees you and says
You're not a racist. You didn't hurt a soul.
Is that enough? What is your obligation?