Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On The Poor, The Wealthy, And Righteousness

How does God view economics? First, money is never an end in itself. At the same time, money is never the root of all evil; it is never a sin to be rich. James reminds the wealthy, that it is their unirghteousness and shortsightedness that is the cause of their ruin. Lord, help us to be biblical with our money. As much as current trends in society may argue, social justice does not entail a mitigated or tacit socialism and communism. Instead, teach us to be righteous, kind and compassionate to others with the wealth You give us.

Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of the armies. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

- James 5:4ff

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