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The Rich & Prosperous Christian?

I recently read a post from a facebook friend and the never ending trail of comments that followed.  As soon as I read the post, I thought, “wow! what a tough question,” and knew that there would be many comments to come.  I was anxious to post my thoughts and answers but realized that there wasn’t enough space or time due to its sensitivity and difficulty.  So I’ll try my best to do that here.

The question?  “do u think Christians should live a Rich, Prosperous life? Or do u think that’s not Gods will for US???”

My first response, like so many that were posted, was, “what exactly do you mean when you say a ‘Rich, Prosperous life’?”  I immediately assume that we are talking about monetary and material riches and prosperity.  To that, I say we as followers of Jesus should be UNable to maintain a rich and prosperous lifestyle today.

I only say this because of these following statistics:

1. approximately 52% of the world’s population struggles to survive on a salary of less than $2 per day.

That’s $14 per week, $56 per month, and $672 per year….SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO DOLLARS PER YEAR?

Middle-class America will make this in less than a week!

2.  Almost 25,000 children die EVERY DAY of hunger or hunger-related causes around the world.

I live in Sulphur, Louisiana where the estimated population of our city is 22,000 people.  Can you imagine if my entire town died in one day?  You better believe that there would be immediate and urgent response to such a massive crisis.

3.  On a single night in January 2009, there were an estimated 643,067 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people nationwide.  Nationwide meaning America only, not worldwide.  

I know what you’re thinking, “these are drug addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics, and criminals.  If I gave them money, they would go and squander it!”  You’re probably right.  So you already know that there are underlying issues that have probably attributed to their circumstances.  My question to you is, how are you contributing to the alleviation of these addictions and hang-ups?  As a follower of Jesus, do you think you should participate in this effort?  What role are you to take?  It may not be money at all, it may be with your time, your life…

4.  The aforementioned are some social statistics that should activate us immediately, but we can’t go without mentioning the biblical aspect of riches and prosperity and how Jesus felt about all of it so here are some points to consider:

–And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” -Matt 19:23-24

–And other [seeds] are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. -Mk 4:18-19

–he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, -Lk 1:52-54

–“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. -Lk 6:24

–So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” -Lk 12:21

These are just a fraction of Jesus’ messages to the rich people. Verse after verse Jesus is telling us that we are grave danger if we choose to stack up money and resources for ourselves while there are starving children, homeless men and women, and poverty-stricken families in our own towns!

God loves us and wants to bless us with riches and favor, but not to hoard, squander, or be irresponsible with them. His end goal is His glory and He gets that by our compassionate response to His creation.  Finally, whatever we do own are only tools that God has given us to reach His people.  Andy Stanley said it best when he said, “generosity will ensure that the things you own, don’t own you!”

I would love to hear your comments on such a tough subject

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  1. August 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    I remember reading that post and those comments. It got me to thinking too.

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