Who was Jesus for, the Rich or the Poor? Are you on the Right Side of the Battle?
Jesus: for the rich or for the poor?
One does not have to read very many stories in the Bible before one sense a theme that supports the idea that God, and Jesus (if you would rather hold fast to the concept of Jesus) favors the poor. Any New Testament scholar will attest to the fact that Jesus' heart was close to the poor. The physically poor, emotionally poor, spiritually poor, and indeed, the financially poor, were forever primary in Jesus' work, or ministry.
I will only mention one verse from the Bible since this is not a Bible study but a discourse written to stimulate readers to think and to make decisions for thems on the question, "Who do God Favor?" The Gospel according to the Physician Luke, the 6th Chapter, the 20th verse, reads, "And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God."
What is that verse saying? What does it mean? Is it an absolute, that is, does it stands the test of time, in all situation? I tend to believe that he meant for it to be a definite and absolute principle that is uncompromising. "Blessed are you poor," meaning, in every way you are blessed in your state of poverty. Being poor, or finding one's self in a state where one lacks basic material goods, is a very common situation in today's world where so many people are poverty stricken. Poor people, living under extreme adverse conditions, are thankful to God, for the basic necessities consisting of food, water, basic shelter (and many are homeless in the streets of the United States of America, and other places in the greater global community). Healthcare, dental care and a place to take a daily bath is not considered a basic right. Poor people, many times, fell, that they have no basic rights. It appears, sometimes, that only God loves the poor.
Rich people have means, they have money, and houses, and food (more than enough), and cars, and airplanes, and power to demand that all of their needs are met. The rich control the societies of this world, literally, and live very comfortable lives. God does not have to worry about providing the rich with their basic needs, the money that the rich controls give them the power demand whatever they need. They rich need no pity and they do not want it. Given this situation, isn't it obvious to any clear thinking person, why God would favor the poor who needs his care so badly?
Much of theological thinking is simple thinking, just like the thoughts that I have given you above. You do not have to be smart, or a gifted scholar, or a church person to grasp the simple ideas of how the mind of God works. Of course a just God is going to be more concerned about the poor. Of course he loves the rich also. I am going to go against my earlier statement, or promise, and give you one more Bible verse, a closing verse, that is a favorite one for showing how much God loves both, the rich and the poor. In the gospel according to John, the 3rd chapter, the 16th verse, it reads, For God so loved the world,
that he gave,
his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth
should not perish,
Note that the verse reads, "For God so loved the word," not just the United States of America, or the Middle East, or Europe, but "the whole world." And that, by sending Jesus into the world, it was his "show" of love and concern for everybody, the rich and the poor. "That whosoeverbelieveth in him," that everybody in the global community, no exceptions.
It is okay that we acknowledge that God favors the poor over the rich, but we must never forget that a just God wants everybody to have life, and to have life more abundantly.
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