Monday, July 12, 2004

How rich are you?

So middle-class American, just how rich are you? Go HERE, enter your annual income, and be ready to find out just how affluent you are. The result just may shock you.

And while considering just how rich you are, consider two things:

(1) Jesus saying it is harder for a rich man to get into heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. (Matt. 19:24).


(2) All of the luxuries we take for granted: running water - hot and cold! - indoor plumbing, fresh food from all over the world at our local grocery store, climate controlled residences... I could go on. We are richer then the kings and queens of yesterday ever were.


At 8:40 PM, Blogger jrl20 said...

I'm a student right now, but the salary I expect to make when I graduate places me in the top 0.899% richest people in the world. Kind of changes your perspective on what it means to be rich.

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Jesus' real point here with the camel/needle story simply that salvation is impossible for anyone without God? Doesn't the Bible also say that through God all things are possible?

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Lost In NY said...

If that were Jesus' real point, why would He distinguish between a rich man and a poor man? Why would he say "sell everything you own and give it to the poor" - a distinct command to do SOMETHING for SOMEONE ELSE's benefit (i.e. sacrifice). If Jesus wanted the man to know that you can only come to heaven through God, why wouldn't he just say "it doesn't matter what you do my son, just worship God" - precisely what the rich man had thought he had been doing already. If this is what Jesus wanted, why didn't He just give him a high five and say "keep it up"?

Instead, Jesus always said pick up your cloak and follow me, we've got work to do. Jesus knew that this is how you show God's love, not by sitting around and singing a bunch of pretty songs on Sunday morning.


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