Today’s Reading — Ecclesiastes 4:1 — Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.
It is interesting to note that since the time of the crucifixion when the Lord suffered for the sake of all humanity, many of the poor have found faith for each wealthy person who has come to know the Lord. I know several great men and women of God who are very rich, but they are the exception because materialism is an obstacle to God. When a person finds themselves wealthy, they may choose to begin to devote themselves to the preservation of that wealth as a primary life focus, and shift their heart from God. In our culture, we exalt fame and wealth as if they would immediately improve us in some way when the opposite is more likely according to the Lord — And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:23)
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have jockeyed for position as the world’s riches men. They are billionaires, and yet both have concluded that the further accumulation of wealth for them is ridiculous, so they have joined financial forces and put together a 100 billion dollars in a joint charitable effort. They have reached a point of wealth beyond most men and found that it cannot serve them in any ;better way than the joy they get when they give it away. Wealth does not necessarily make one an oppressor. We tend to discriminate people by their wealth, and we can easily assign a higher value to those who have found finacial success, but we do so at a great risk, well expressed by David Guzik who said — When we choose people by what we can see on the surface, we miss the mind of God. Remember that Judas appeared to be much better leadership material than Peter.
God looks past the wallet and sees the heart that guides the wallet’s application. People who guard and value their material success often become oppressors of the poor, fearing equality and seeking self aggrandizement. The bible says — For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? (James 2:6-8)
Who do you oppress? Who do you judge as less than you because they have less than you? Where have you missed the mind of God? Who do you think you are better than?
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