Being Wealthy in a World of Poverty at Christmas

[From the archives, a post that makes me reconsider what I’m doing with my wealth at Christmas.]

Sometimes I feel like the guy in the tux when I talk to people whose only home is on the streets. Notice in those first few seconds how he moves among the destitute people in this video. I imagine people in the majority of the world must look at the whole U.S. this way:

If you are among those puttin’ on the Ritz – as just about every American is, in the eyes of the majority of the world – the Bible doesn’t criticize your wealth.

It instructs you on how to use it:

One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty. (Proverbs 22:16.)

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. (Proverbs 28:27.)

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14.)

What do you do with your wealth?

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5 Responses to Being Wealthy in a World of Poverty at Christmas

  1. Melody says:

    There’s a great program out here in San Antonio where we can donate a little extra on our electricity bill. There’s also piles of local charities- one I love takes money to help families stay in their homes. They sent me a card this Christmas, and it’s a beautiful reminder of how we are blessed to have a home, and to give to help those who don’t. A friend of mine went to a church recently where the pastors suggested that people who receive government support were lazy because such help made them lazy…but by that logic we should never help anyone at all. Even people like me who receive some government support can give a little back from the surplus we find in earnings. Whether it be cans or an extra dollar for those in need of heating or air, we have something to give. It puts a new perspective on our budget when we realize how much we have and what we can give.

    • Tim says:

      A new perspective on our budget – that’s a much better, and more Christlike way, to look at it than the way that poor pastor put it. San Antonio’s opportunities to help people sound wonderful, Melody.

  2. Tim says:

    You’ve lost me twice. Is there something I’m missing?

  3. Pingback: Grasping at Christmas | Tim's Blog – Just One Train Wreck After Another

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