Originally posted by catwhoknowsplusone
I am appealing to wealthy people.
How can you sit on your billions and watch people starving to death?
There is no reason that people starve to death except political reasons. And the greed of rich people.
So we all sit around while millions are starving.
Don't be so greedy - you do not need all that money - go out and feed people!
UGH! I am so disgusted that you have not done that.
As for the French billionaires - save it, I am not impressed.
Good luck in the next world.
I'm not rich, but I have considered what you are saying. This is something I have thought about my whole life. We see homeless every day begging for
money on the side of the road. For several years, I have gone out and met some of these needy people and bought meals, clothes, gas and other items
for them when I could help. I always avoid giving money unless I can see evidence that substance abuse is not present. Most of the time, I just give
them attention and friendship.
After many interactions and conversations with people on the road, I have come to a few conclusions. What does Jesus mean in this verse?
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you
since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit
If we take this literally, we may think we need to minister material goods to those who are needy. Questions arise here: Are the needy in need
because they are reaping what they have sown in life? Are they needy because they lack the opportunities in life that other have? Are they there by
choice or have their choices brought them to the place of need? Is it my responsibility to give them a meal today knowing that they have no chance of
feeding or clothing themselves in the future? Where does my goodness to them end and their willingness to change patterns of behavior begin? Can we
fix a life of poor choices with one meal or a place to sleep?
And the biggest question of all: Do I risk my safety connecting to someone who cannot be trusted to take care of their own safety and well-being?
Obviously, I am speaking of those who are in need by their own doing. If we only consider those who are reaping what has been sown, how do we answer
the questions above? Do the same answers apply to all who are in need?
From what I have determined, the answer is not money, goods or meals. Although we may want to answer those needs, the real answer goes beyond the
temporal needs. Jesus was referring here to the needs of the heart. Feeding the poor should be seen as feeding--those in need--truth from our
compassion and love. Giving drink is more than water. It is filling the thirst for attention and belonging in a child before they arrive on the
street by their own actions. Compassion involves taking those you don't know and being present in their lives by example. A person in prison may
only be in the prison they create from a life of poor choices and neglected need. Our presence and influence is the determining factor for so many
people we see who are headed in the wrong direction. Influence meets needs much more than money ever can.
When we come to realize that money is not nearly as beneficial as time, we can come to understand that ministering to the poor is more about our own
witness to others and less about opening the wallet. This will be true for the individual, the town, the city, the nation and the world. We're all
in this together and our witness to others comes by our actions more than any other area. We can willingly choose to make the world a better place
one interaction at a time. It may be a loan to a friend in need that never needs to be paid back. It may be a tank of gas for a stranger. It may be
opening a door for someone. It may be giving attention to a child who is acting out because their parents are neglecting their needs.
Jesus also said that we should sell all our goods and give to the poor. Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Does this mean we neglect our families to give all our goods away to others?
Pride causes selfishness. Selfishness takes for self and denies the needs of others. Do we lavish our wealth on our own desires or do we spend our
money on the needs of our family? Do we purchase beer and cigarettes when our children lack school supplies? Do we provide a trailer for our family
when we have a BMW with 20 inch rims in the driveway? Do we have a cellphone, satellite TV, the latest clothes and all the electronics the world can
buy, but can't afford to spend time with our children?
I think what Jesus was saying is this: To find abundance and perfection in our own lives, we must give more and take less. This is a simple idea and
applies to more than just our choices with our families. Selling our possessions represents giving of ourselves to others. The idea in both the
verses I posted are the same.
Selling your possessions represents removing the detraction from the real life to be lived. If we focus ourselves on others first and ourselves last,
we end up living life to its fullest.
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
If we place ourselves last, we become first in the eyes of others. When we place ourselves first, we become least among men. Pride or humility.
Money has little to do with it.
edit on 27-8-2011 by SuperiorEd because: (no reason given)