We all want to be rich, don't we? Many Christians see wealth as a
sign of God's blessing.
But scripture teaches moderation, in this as in so many things:
"Give me neither poverty nor riches,
But give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
And say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
And so dishonor the name of my God.''
Equality is God's will. Equality and justice and grace:
"Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard
pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your
plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will
supply what you need. Then there will be equality."
--2 Corinthians 8:13-14
Generosity is God's will .
"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of
God's people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks
to God. Because of the service by which you have proved
yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies
your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in
sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for
you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace
God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift."
--2 Corinthians 9:12-15
Contentment is God's will:
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know
what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have
learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether
well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do
everything through him who gives me strength."
Scripture teaches submission to human law. The social contract that
we've made with each other helps us all coexist in harmony.
However, scripture also teaches that, when there is a conflict between
the law of God and the law of man, we ought to obey God rather than
man (Acts 5:29).
That allows for civil disobedience when things get so far out of
balance as to oppress one segment of society. We saw it in the Civil
The Bill of Rights was added to our Constitution to protect the
minority against the abuses of the majority. But when the majority of
the population is suffering at the hands of a small minority, things are
really out of hand. The pope recognized this when the Vatican sided
with Occupy Wall Street protesters against powerful financial
In this month when Americans celebrate the blessings of plenty in our
land, we as Christians need to prayerfully consider what our response
should be. Do we stand with the oppressed majority or the wealthy
and oppressive minority?