Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?

 So many people keep talking about the evils of redistribution of wealth, like it was some new idea developed by Karl Marx and carried on by the Communists.  But guess what, folks, it’s in the Bible!

Many of us have heard it countless times, the song of Mary of Nazareth, called The Magnificat, after the first words of the song rendered in Latin:  “My soul magnifies the Lord.”

Today these later verses were brought to my attention: “He (the Lord) has scattered those who are proud in their thoughts.  He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.  He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”  (Luke 1:51-53)

Jesus is recorded in Luke 6:20 & 24 as saying: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God…But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.”

Can the comforts of this world measure up to the spiritual comforts Christ offers?  Ask a multi-millionaire is he is truly happy, and you will find that he always needs more.  True happiness is something elusive and always just around the corner in this world.

Once a rich young man came to Jesus and asked what good deed he must do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor.” (Matthew 19:21).  The next verse (22) says the man went away sad because he had great wealth.  Then Jesus told his disciples: “I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

 To me, this sure sounds like the idea of redistributing wealth is not Communist at all.  It’s Christian!