[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?