I can’t find it right now but I do remember the verse about “to whom much is given, much is expected. I don’t think Jesus was against a person being worldly rich although he did tell that one rich man to sell everything 🙂 . What he is against is people who obsess on money. These days we discover that seems to be many in the corporate world especially CEOs. How can anyone think they are worth what many of the CEOs make today. Especially when the company they run is going down the drain. Most make more in one day than some of their workers make in one year. It wouldn’t be so bad if on the average they gave generously to God’s work. But, the sad reality is that people making more than $100,000 per year, let alone the millions that they make, give a very low percentage of their income to charitible causes. On average a person making less than $20,000 per year give twice the percentage than one making more than $100,000. Instead of giving in proportion to what they are given many desperately seek tax loop holes to help them avoid even providing for the general welfare! Shame on them. I certainly celebrate the exceptions to this. That is, those rich who do support God’s kingdom on earth. Unfortunately they seem to be far and few between. Giving to the least of these seems to be very out of fashion with today’s upper income earners.
I recently read a quote from an article in Politico entitled Why Republicans are devouring a recently released new book
on the Depression entitled “The Forgotten Man” by Amity Shlaes. Here is the quote from the article:
It (the book) also looks at the Great Depression with particular sympathy upon the plight of those who were burdened with supporting the “weak members of society” during the New Deal and endeavors to give a voice to those “forgotten men.”
This book is said to be gobbled up by Republican Congressmen as proof that the Depression actions were totally wrong and so are the current administration’s efforts. How far must we go to further our political agendas. Now we have to lament the “plight of those burdened in supporting the weak members of society”! Oh, woe is us!! This is just more evidence that we Christians get into more trouble aligning ourselves with a political party. It is said that 75% of the evangelicals are Republicans. The way the press commonly reports it you would think that that number is 100%. How many of those evangelicals think it is a burden to help the least of these? Have those who do even picked up a Bible recently? Jesus’ words shout that that is a privledge for those who were given much. It should never be thought of as a burden.