This past Sunday our Pastor, Rev. Janice West, preached a compelling sermon regarding material riches and our obligation to them.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25 KJV
Donald J. Trump Jr tweeted a picture of a bowl of skittles with the caption, “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you three would kill you. Would you take a handful? Thats our Syrian refugee problem.”
This past Sunday Mary Jane, Aaron, and I saw the new Oliver Stone movie, Snowden. “When Edward Snowden left his job with Booze Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor, he flew to Hong Kong and subsequently revealed thousand of classified documents to Guardian newspaper columnist Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill. Mr. Snowden came to international attention after the Guardian and the Washington Post published the materials,”according to wikipedia.
The classified information that Mr. Snowden revealed was that the United States was collecting information from the American publics’ private phones, computers, and emails in the pursuit of national security. The question, is Edward Snowden a traitor or a whistle blower and a hero?
More often than not I have found that the rich and powerful were recipients of being in the right place at the right time. Also, often their riches were aided by a considerable ‘leg up’ by financial gifts and family that were able to put them into contact with influential people to aid them in their success ladder climb.
I have often wondered if the Christ of the Christian faith and the New Testament measures your success as his follower by how much paper money you were able to accumulate?
The marginalization of people who are less fortunate than others is as old as the scriptures. Does monetary wealth equal adroit leadership skills and political brilliance? Are suffering members of the human family no more important than a bowl of candy? If the Skittles analogy is true then it can be used for any group that is outside the Leaders’ definition of Valuable Humanity!
Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
All of us are walking the same path of life that we did not ask for, work for, or earn by some special merit of our own…or our hard work. I wonder sometimes if we are not all in the foyer of a great house…and the Creator is watching us through the peep hole in the door…to see how we treat each other…our brothers and our sisters…our family…before he opens the door?
This life may indeed be the audition…let us play our part well!