Sunday, September 29, 2013
Unlike the USA sailboat, the rich man in the bible story about poor Lazarus, could not change his ways. It is not a problem of being rich. It is a problem of being so self-centered that you do not see the need of the poor person at your doorstep. Jesus is not about the distribution of wealth, or its redistribution. He is about those who have helping those who have not. It is a personal responsibility. The Hebrew Scriptures tell the rich that it is their job to care for the poor. The rich fellow just could not change, and so he ended up in torment after his death. Change is hard. For people like me it only comes when all else has failed, that is, all my programs for happiness based upon self.