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12-15-04

 
Is it Christian to help the rich get richer at the expense of the poor? Jesus teaches generosity to the poor and that we should not refuse "him who would borrow from you.” Jesus taught us to look constantly for ways to give. “You received without paying, give without pay.”
 
Jesus taught us not to be focused on wealth, money and the desire for more and more of at the expense of all else - particularly the poor.
 
Unlike some radical Christians who have declared the belief these days, Jesus did not say wealth and prosperity was equal to righteousness while the poor deserve their lot,
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?"
 
Jesus spoke against corruption and greed in government.
 
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. “
 
Jesus condemned caring for only the "worthy poor." The Levite (supposedly a righteous priest, minister or preacher), walked around the wounded victim on the highway telling himself "My morale values are not your morale values. Actually your morale values make you unworthy of my charity."
 
The Samaritan only said, "Here, let me help you and take care of you."
Jesus said "Go and do likewise."
 
Jesus warned those who deliberately or casually ignore the poor and suffering.
 
"There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom."
 
Jesus did not say that the health and well-being of children can be ignored.
 
“Whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

Arthur Ruger 2004

Arthur & Lietta Ruger 2002-2008. The American Choice is a  political internet journal based in Bay Center, Washington. The views expressed not authored by Arthur or Lietta Ruger are the writers' own and do not necessarily reflect those of The American Choice or SwanDeer Productions. Permission of author required for reprinting original material, and only requests for reprinting a specific item are considered.

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