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The One Percent

November 27, 2011

Greetings,

By now everyone has seen on television about the occupy movement here in the USA.  People have taken to the streets in numerous cities across the USA to protest in hopes that their combined voices will be heard.  Their cry is that one percent of the population controls over 42% of all the wealth of this country.  They also state that between 1979 and 2007 the average income for the top one percent more than tripled, while middle class incomes grew by less than 40%.  I know that Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you…” , but it seems that some of the rich these days could not care any less about the poor.

What is the solution to the disparaging gap between the well to do and the rest of us?  I feel that a good part of the solution is found in 1 Timothy 6:17-21  “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.  Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.  Grace be with you.”

I do not believe that we should take the wealth away from the rich and allow our government to redistribute it among the 99%. However, I do feel that the rich should pay their full share of taxes without using loopholes and tax shelters.  This passage makes it clear to me that the rich should be about redistributing their very own wealth voluntarily.  Well, it is a command from God so I guess it is not exactly voluntarily.  God, Himself, does not make us listen to or follow Him against our wills.   No, submission to Him and His ways is completely voluntary.  So how can we, or our government, force others to give what belongs to them to the other 99%.  The fact is that we shouldn’t and neither should our government.

The only Occupy movement I fully subscribe to is that Jesus should be allowed to occupy our hearts and change our ways.  We need to reach people, even rich people,  with His message.  So that their hearts and minds can be changed and because of this they would begin to give freely of that which they have been blessed.  Our message is grace and our message is glory.  You say you want change?  Then you better start with your very own heart.  And as far as ” turning away from Godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” goes turn off the talk radio and television.  Stop listening to the right and left wing pundits and instead get down on your face and listen to Jesus!

Love and……

Kirk Out!

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10 Comments
  1. The problem here Chris is everyone claims they have the true gospel, including myself and the gospel I believe in, few believe.

  2. Home Sick permalink

    Kim, that is why you need to rely on balancing what God is revealing to you with what was revealed to those who lived closer to Christ’s time on Earth and heard the oral tradition of the Gospels first hand from those who actually walked with Christ. You cannot have a Gospel all unto yourself….God does not work that way….You cannot be a community of one.

    • Homesick, the gospel I believe is actually the gospel of the early Christians and it is this gospel that few believe. I do not have a community of one.
      I have a feeling, what you consider a balance likely lines up with what you believe. And everything I believe lines up with scripture.

      • Home Sick permalink

        How can you say that what I believe does not line up with Scripture? How can you say only a few believe it?

        The feeling you have is incorrect.

  3. Home Sick permalink

    Chris, I could not have said it better myself. Well put.

    Yes, the rich should honor God and all he has given them…they should share with those in need. The cool thing about the wealthy “1%” is that they are very talented at creating more wealth. God made them that way for a reason.

    I don’t have a problem with the tax cuts and loop holes. However, I also believe that the Fair Tax would work best in our country.

    I see things like this…. a redistribution of wealth will only, in the long run, create even more poor people. And you have to remember, many of the wealthy are also involved in government leadership. Some do both….and at the very least, they all bump shoulders with each other. I hate to call it a ruling class, but if left unchecked, that is what it would be. There is no doubt in my mind that this ruling class would protect themselves completely if laws were created to redistribute their wealth. That would only increase the load upon the middle class, cripple their ability to earn money and create more poverty.

    This “ruling class” has a way of dealing with their own. There is a lot of shame, punishment and corruption. The more we rely on a system that is a republic, capitalistic based society, the better chance we all have.

    Yes, Christ DID say we would always have the poor. I also don’t expect the non believer to act like they are believers. That does not make sense.

    We also have to realize, there are many who are rich who DO take care of the poor….and they are not believers….what do you do with that?

    To me, when a church becomes a business that supports a building instead of its community, it spits in the face of God who is trying to teach them otherwise. The world should not be doing a better job of this than us.

  4. You claimed I’m a community of one. My point is most of us claim to have the correct doctrine, the true gospel, I included myself saying few believe it.
    You insinuate what I believe to be truth mustn’t be.
    And in turn I’m insinuating you likely believe yours to be truth.
    Without getting into a theological debate, I’ll say this:
    I believe the in the finished work at the cross, that judgment of the world happened that day and there is no further judgement.
    Jesus Himself said not any single part of the law would depart until all that was spoken of through the law, the psalms and the prophets were fulfilled.
    Now we know we’re not under law or we’d be under the entire law which would include animal sacrifice. Therefore all has been fulfilled. No prophet spoke of two judgements.
    And Jesus said it is finished.
    Scripture backs up what I say but few believe this.

  5. Home Sick permalink

    Kim, I don’t want to continue in the direction that your message thread is going….it is off target. Let’s just drop it here.

  6. Amen. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  7. Ruth Sapp permalink

    What happened to Thou shalt not Covet?

  8. Abdi permalink

    Liberty means responsibility and that why most people dread it, proverb put it different and it states It takes a painful experience to make us change our ways, when the Light of Christ shines into our lives leading to freedom religion and it’s obligation become a painful experience, away from religion we experience the freedom and the Joy which is in Christ Jesus .

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