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CLARITY – 9-26-19 Who Owns You?


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-26-19

Who Owns You?

What’s Happening: “Although she has stated she is FOR the middle class and AGAINST the overly rich and wealthy, Elizabeth Warren, one of the more liberal Democrat Presidential contenders, may find her now-estimated (by Forbes) net wealth of $12 Million a little embarrassing. Granted, some of that wealth is tied up in her $3 Million Victorian in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her $800.000 condo in Washington, D.C., but the bulk of the rest is in semi-liquid mutual funds and bonds. Does this mean she is against herself, or a hypocrite? The Democrat electorate will decide  ( ‘Rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades,’ Warren said in a speech.  ‘I say it’s time to fight back!’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s not her fault she was financially successful…”

Biblical Response:  “Nor is it anyone’s fault who is upper class. The real question is: Do you have your money or does your money have you? Of course, even the ‘hard-working’ middle and lower class needs to answer this question (often the poor have the most difficulty in loosening their death-grip on finances…just because you struggle financially doesn’t mean you aren’t stingy with what little you have…then again, some of the most generous folks I’ve met are also the least who can afford so).”

“The rich young ruler that came to Jesus (Mk. 10:17-21) went away sorrowing because his wealth had him. Is it wrong to be wealthy? No! In fact, that is a worthy goal. But the real question is the one I’ve already stated. It’s hard to give what you don’t have, but it should not pain you to obediently make available your excess. Of course, then, we might need to have a discussion on what I mean by ‘excess,’ but that’s a different discussion.”

“Christians? What is to be our measure of generosity? The experience of the Widow’s Mites comes to mind (Mk. 12:41-44). A person is not measured by what they’re giving, but by their sacrifice. Not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to hold on loosely to things, realizing it’s all Yours anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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