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.
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Luke 12:48. I quote it to my kids with some frequency; it’s a stock part of my Thanksgiving dinner prayer as well as random other times. Not one of the most popular “red letter” verses, to be sure, for all the reasons you point out!
Thanks Dan for the verse number. And thanks also for putting me onto Greg Boyd. He is a very good fit with me. I now have his blog on my daily read and am currently devouring “The Myth of a Christian Nation”.
Keep applying the Bible for yourself, rather than adopting some political party’s platform. I became an independent political thinker when I noticed that even pro-life groups often don’t confront Republicans if tax cutting is involved. Political alliances got Israel into trouble, and it sure offers temptations for politically concerned Christians.
Pastor Jim, thanks for the comment. Yes, I believe that all Christians need to be independent political thinkers. There is no political system, at least in the U.S. that even remotely aligns with Christian principles. Some are pro-life but anti-brother’s keeper and some are the other way around. A Christian should remain a Christian rather than aligning with any earthly political party.