People in the United States live in absurd wealth. Not only do we have enough to eat, we collectively throw away enough food to feed thousands, no tens of thousands of people every day. You must remember that wealth by itself is not a sin. The sin comes not from the wealth but from one heart issue that leads to another. The first sin is believing with your heart that your own power and work produced your wealth. All blessings come from the Lord and for you to take credit for the Lord’s work is the very height of arrogance and pride. (Deuteronomy 8:17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’)

The second sin comes from the first and is ignoring the needs of the poor, the homeless, the handicapped and the helpless. If all of this is ours to own and not the Lord’s for us to manage then we feel not responsibility to share, to help others less fortunate. After all they too could have become wealthy, couldn’t they? If, however, we are the stewards of the Lord’s wealth then we must do His will and that is to share His blessings with the world.

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