Jesus talked about Just and Unjust Wealth. The idea, was that wealth made in an unfair manner by paying people poverty wages, stealing land, abusing animals…was unjust. (Luke 16) I don’t know about everyone else, but so much about this economy I’m living in right now seems to reek of unjust wealth.
Here I am a graduate student, and I’m being taught by people that just might be living near the poverty line. Here we have college professors, people who generally have Doctorates, and a good chunk of student debt on top of that, making less than 20,000 a year and selling their blood to survive. Meanwhile, the institutions they work for make millions on their sports teams. That strikes me as something Canon Jesus would probably find pretty unjust.
I’m not excluded from this insanity…I can’t remember the last time I’ve been able to just go straight home from my full-time job. I’m working my own side hustles.
Now, part of that is voluntary. I am working full time and going to seminary after all. The other part, the other part isn’t. Like just about everyone I know who is on their own, I have to have a side hustle. Something else to bring in just that little bit of extra money. Some people drive Uber, some sell stuff on Facebook or Ebay, others work a part time job. My main job is for rent and insurance. The side hustle, well, that’s for everything else.
It is amazing to me that we have people that claim that we are a Christian nation, (and that’s a debate for another blog post anyway) because we sure don’t act like it. Where in the bible does it say to work your employees for exactly 38 hours so they can’t claim to be full time and therefore entitled to insurance? Where does it talk about maintaining a minimum wage that is so low people literally cannot live on it? As proved so eloquently in Nickel and Dimed: On Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich all the way back in 2001. (Spoiler alert, it’s only gotten worse.) Continue reading “What was Jesus’s Side Hustle?”