"There is a powerful contemporary Christianism that admires Dives (Latin for rich man) and emulates him, and regards Lazarus as burdensome and reprehensible. Indeed, the supposed Christian revival of today has given something very like unlimited moral authority to money, though Jesus did say (and I think a literal interpretation is appropriate here if anywhere), "Woe to you who are rich!" (Luke 6:24). If this seems radical, dangerous, unfair, un-American, then those who make such criticisms should at least have the candor to acknowledge that their quarrel is with Jesus."
by Marilynne Robinson
from The Best American Essays, 2007 Edition, Page 219