Friday, November 7, 2008

YOU are rich

How do so many Christians take so much of the Bible seriously and ignore this one?

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24)

If you're going to believe the Bible it seems to me that perhaps women will be fine, but if you're male and have Internet access (rich!), then you're in trouble.


1 comment:

traveler said...

Yep, "rich Christian" is a true oxymoron, if you even only begin to examine the evidence, but that's a well-kept secret often only whispered in middle-class congregations, and flatly denied in the health-and-wealth, name-it-and-claim-it churches that are unfailingly popular. (The largest evangelical church in the US--Texas, of course--is of the later persuasion.) It seems to me incontrovertible that Jesus himself lived a "non-possessed" lifestyle. As to his disciples, he told the rich young ruler to "sell all, give to the poor, and follow him." But he didn't give the same counsel to all the wealthy ones with whom he had dinner, partied, etc. He cautioned them about the great temptation of worshiping wealth rather than God--a valid caution even today, when statistics show that on the whole the more folks own the smaller percentage they give to charity. I have, however, known wealthy Christians who defy that trend, and use their wealth to benefit many. I hope to go and do likewise; we met today with our financial guru to see how we might accomplish that throughout the remaining course of our lives. We did this in the context of my repeated assertion that "we are incredibly wealthy!" This was confirmed by something from the UN I read recently, indicating that anyone with assets of $600,000 or so was among the top one percent of earth's population. "To whom much is given, much is required."