4 Will evildoers never learn— those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD?
5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.
Isaiah chapter 14, NIV84
Those with money many times prey upon the poor – check cashing charges, fees for “plastic” money and money orders, cash advance charges, ever rising rent when the costs to the owner stay the same, higher prices for those trapped in the inner city without transportation for the same goods that cost less in neighborhoods that have customers that can shop around, lack of the volume discounts the rich enjoy, higher interest rates for loans to those who have the least money to pay for it.
Satan’s kingdom (fear-based, selfishness-based and money-based) is founded on “what can I get out of you?” Jesus’ kingdom (love-based) is founded on “what can I give to you?”
I believe heaven’s economy will be the opposite of ours. We will dream of what we can do for others, ask Jesus for the resources to do it, work with those resources in His strength and give away what we make, our only payment is the joy we receive when we give joy to others.
What would happen if we stopped giving hand-outs that are barely enough to survive on, and we made helping the poor become self-sustaining the same priority President John F. Kennedy gave making the United States the first on the moon? What about asking those who are challenged what they thought we could do to help them? What if we stopped being prejudice and gave jobs to those who would otherwise end up in jail because they can’t find someone who will hire them for honest work?
What would happen if I actually went about tangibly demonstrating the actions of the love of Jesus instead of just singing about it in my church or car?
I invite you to discover how you and I can allow Jesus to lift our challenged brothers and sisters. I invite you to discover: The Open Table http://www.theopentable.org/
The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant
to the lender.
Proverbs 22:07 NIV84
Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
James 2:5-9 NKJV
Darwin suggested that the “strong” were to win out over the “weak”; the survival of the “fittest,” and the extinction of the rest. But what if the rich are allowed their riches by God in order to give the rich the opportunity to bless the poor? Not forced redistribution of wealth that the socialist advocates, but a freewill chance to love like Jesus loves. The rich could provide resources and knowledge to those who lack them.
What if the poor has something to offer the rich? “Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith…?” The poor could help the rich see past this material world, which operates on the principle of selfish gain; to see another world: A world which operates on the principle of loving service, powered by God’s love flowing through each of us to the other. This world’s system operates on the basis of “what’s in it for me?” Jesus’ system operates on the basis of: “God, what can you give others through me?” It is a battle of the “get” (or “greed”) versus the “give” (or “love”) systems of thinking.
Complementariness, or each providing what the other lacks, is a theme that runs through God’s creation. Unequal distribution of wealth (and faith) is no accident. God made us each of equal value to Him, but unequal in our various abilities. This is so we come to realize that we need each other. This is so we can truly bless each other by giving some of what we have more than enough of (resources or faith), and giving it to the other, to meet each other’s needs.
And when God gives to you and me, and we each give to each other, the joy you and I and God share with each other, will tell a dying world where to find God.
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