People of Praise will be in the news for the next few weeks because Judge Barret and her husband are dedicated members. We will soon all hear that People of Praise membership requires that wives be subservient to their husbands. There will be discussion if that is a philosophy that is acceptable on the 21st Century bench. And rightly so. If a Justice cannot put aside that sort of anachronistic belief and very strictly follow the law, bad decisions will follow.
But, there is a lot more to what they believe than that peculiar point. They do not explicitly declare the maxim originated by Karl Marx – “From each according to his ability. To each according to his needs” – but the sentiments they express and goals for their community amount to that. They are in fact “Communists” in the truest sense of the word. And THAT really is what Christ was teaching, so I say – Good for them!
One last point I bring to the attention of those people here who mocked President Obama for being a “community organizer.” People of Praise put high value on doing exactly what President Obama did – move into distressed neighborhoods and work with the people there to solve community problems. Let the mockery begin.