"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The rich get richer...

It is often dangerous to use quotations out of context. And never more so, I find, than when using biblical passages to illustrate a point.
A few years ago I wrote of our obsession with material things, our love affair with money, and how I thought spirituality was more important to us in the long term, and generosity with what we have now, and I used Matthew 6: vv.25 -34 ; ..."do not worry about your life...look at the birds of the air...they neither sow nor reap...consider the lilies of the field ......they neither toil nor spin... seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you... tomorrow will worry about its own things...."
Jesus is telling us that we do not need to worry about the future because our Father is ever mindful of our daily needs and will watch over and care for us if we seek first the Kingdom of God.
No one is saying that we should sit back, not work, and expect food to fall into our laps, or cash to make our next mortgage payment. No indeed. But my article met with howls of protest and some offensive and blasphemous comment. I will find it and post it again soon.

Meanwhile here's another one. "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer." This may well be true in our current economic model, but don't blame Jesus and God for that. Yesterday someone relied on Mark 4: v. 25 to again misquote Jesus and "prove" that life has ever been thus: "For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

oil lampIn this parable, Jesus as so often is using analogy, in this case the light which should not be hidden away but put on a lamp stand and used to illuminate the surroundings. Do not hide your light under a bushel, we say, meaning do not hide away our talents, but bring them into the open, use them wisely for the good of all. Otherwise they are wasted and we waste our opportunities to expand and enhance or own abilities.

That is what Jesus is saying - to listen and heed - so that we may increase our understanding of His Truth and find greater spiritual perception, rather than continue in materially obsessed ignorance whilst withering spiritually.

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