Now dealing with the issue of being ‘rich” is something that is often faced with a lot of aggression.
Most of us……..want to be rich.
But maybe from understanding what it means to be “rich”……..we will be better able to understand the message of Jesus and his attitude towards the rich.
From our previous analysis of the creation of money…… our understanding of what it means to be rich must have caught on to something very critical.
As previously established.……
The amount of money in circulation……..is 50 times less than the amount of money owed to banks as “interest”.
What this means, is that we are forced to compete for money (through jobs)…… in order to acquire this money to cover the cost of living (food, shelter) …….
So……the more money you have……. The less money someone else has.
The more money you hold on to ……. The less money someone else down the chain can acquire.
In effect……If you are incredibly rich…… the fact that you are holding on to that amount of money……means that someone else in the world is unable to get that amount of money……and because there is less money in circulation…… the person is forced to compete harder to obtain a smaller amount of money within the system.
It’s not too complicated to understand.
Ignorance may be bliss
But knowing this……yet still aspiring to be rich……poses a problem.
It begs the question.
How can I love my neighbor as much as myself yet have aspirations to be rich?
It’s a contradiction in terms, because by being rich…….you are ostensibly depriving someone else of the ability to survive
Luke 12:47-48……”And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. EVERY ONE TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM WILL MUCH BE REQUIRED; AND OF HIM TO WHOM MEN COMMIT MUCH THEY WILL DEMAND THE MORE.”
This is a very important statement that Jesus makes and it requires a bit of attention.
Jesus describes two kinds people.
There are people who know God’s will…….but don’t do it……so they receive a “severe beating”
Then there are those who don’t know God’s will………so they receive a “light” beating.
Once we know and recognize some certain things about money…….
We can no longer claim that “we do not know”.
Unfortunately……or fortunately……depending on how you look at it……this information has crossed your path.
So ignorance is no longer bliss.
The latter half of the statement Jesus makes places a relatively serious emphasis.
Let me relate it to the context of the discussion.
If for whatever reason……you have a lot of money…..a lot is expected of you.
A certain level of accountability is placed within the hands of those that much is given.
What is it that you use your money for?
Do you keep it in a bank and amass wealth?
Do you buy clothes, jewelry, cars and houses that you never use, need or live in?
Its starting to become quite apparent…..why a rich man….. will have a bit of difficulty following Christ.
Because really……if you have an understanding of what it implicitly means to be rich…..you would never let yourself get to that position.
Money wouldn’t stay and amass in your hands.
The excess would be given away….. to satisfy the needs of others who have been deprived on the basis of an evil monetary system.
Take a look at this story.
Mark 10:17-25…….”And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” AND JESUS LOOKING UPON HIM LOVED HIM, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “HOW HARD IT WILL BE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RICHES TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
If the kingdom of God does not appear to be for the rich.
Certain things need to be considered
To be continued……