The Christian and Money [Part 3]   Leave a comment

Christian's Money

Christian’s Money

Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me. “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ Mat. 25:34-45

The story of the rich man and Lazarus illustrate to us that the rich man did not care for Lazarus. Lazarus was satisfied with scraps he could get from the rich man’s table.

As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. ” Luke 16:21

Being inconsiderate or uncharitable is observed by the One in heaven. It is a serious offense unto our Lord when we withhold acts of charity to our brothers or sisters in need. One thing common in the story of the The Final Judgment(Mat. 25) and the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16), was the consequence of  neglecting God’s command. Whoever we are, we have always learned that it is right to help the needy. But the sin of selfishness is what retain us from giving. The rich man knew it but did not care.

Abraham told the rich man “Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote…If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead” Luke 16:29,31

Another warning here, is the sufficiency of the scripture to warn. People know what is right to do, but prefer to remain selfish.

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”Prov. 28:27

Those who did not host strangers, did not feed the hungry or did not visit the sick were not ignorant, they just did not care.

These were their arguments.:”We did not see you, if we knew it was you we would have helped you“. James warned us of prejudice:

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?” James 2

That moment we say in our heart that “It’s none of my business“, “Other people will take care of the poor“, “It’s not my ministry” or other legitimate replies, we label ourselves as goats. Both the sheep and goat have the knowledge of what is right. What differentiate them is action.

James said: “ What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:14:17

 

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Posted May 14, 2015 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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