Adler opens his article with the Bible's rage against the rich:
The poor you will always have, the Good Book says, but as for the rich man, he will wither away like a delicate flower in the midday sun. The first prediction has certainly been borne out, but the second part (James 1:11) had not yet come to pass by the Panic of 1907, when Theodore Roosevelt warned of a coming reckoning against the "malefactors of great wealth."And with that set up, the article closes with some sweeping presumptions (projections?) about Bible readers:
presumably Americans who read the Bible are looking forward to the day when the words of James come to pass, and "you rich men [shall] weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you." You can look up the rest of the passage (5:1-6), but trust us, it makes living on a paltry $500,000 a year look pretty good in comparison.Here for the thoughts of one American who reads the Bible, Dave Ramsey, on the Bible's condemnation of the rich.