ABSTAIN FROM SEEKING RICHES
I was watching on television the prominent actor RD giving an interview. I'm going to use his initials instead of his full name. They were talking about the exsistence of God. RD said: "Well if he does exist, he sure has a lot of explaining to do." Wow! this guy was actually going to get behind this statement and let it fly on public airways. It would be one thing to say this in the privacy of your own home, but to come out and say it publicly is either a revelation of absolute arrogance or absolute delusion; and more likely a combination of the two. Or also it could be that he's promoting the anti-god liberal agenda that is supported by the pillars of arrogance and delusion. I suppose RD would not be representative of all the lost rich; but he would certainly be the perfect representative of the celebrity lost rich.
I would expect this statement coming from somebody under the age of twenty five who could use the excuse of not knowing any better; but for it to be coming from a mature citizen of this Country is unimaginable. Wouldn't the issue be whether one chooses to believe or not to believe? It would never be that an explanation never took place. There has been an explanation hanging around for thousands and thousands of years now. Either choose to believe or not believe, but please don't insult our intelligence by telling us that all of a sudden an explanation is in order. Is this guy for real? He either came from another planet or he lives in his own bubble world, surrounded by yes men, completely isolated from what is real.
I'm reminded of Jesus' words in Luke 18:25: "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." For all practical purposes, Jesus is telling us here that it is impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Let me explain it this way: We who are born again Christians, already know it's hard enough having to deal with a sinful nature that is always pitted againt the Spirit of God....without throwing a lot of money into the mix. We know the truth of why humans are the way they are. The lost are called the lost because they don't even have a clue why they are the way they are. They don't know that they have a sinful nature. The sinful nature has a lot of temptaion to deal with as it is; add money to the mix and now you've gone from the pee wee league to the majors.
The sinful nature cannot deal with having lots of money (1 Tim. 6:9). Look at the great kings of Israel. And I'm talkng about the ones we admire who were men of God like David and Solomon. They could do and they did do just about whatever their heart desired because they could afford it. If these rich men of God could not deal with their riches, then what chance to the ungodly rich have? It is not necessarily always the case but people usually acquire a need for God brought on by desperate times. In fact looking back in hindsight a lot of the time we can see how God even arranged the circumstances in our life in order that we would be drawn to him. This is not the case with the rich. They will never get to that point of desperate times because they can always afford to buy their way out of any situation long before there is a situation. And as far as the emptiness inside; the only option left to them is a never ending effort to satisfy the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes through purchasing one toy after another. Happiness unlike joy is entirely based on what is happening at the moment. Forget about talking about joy, how can these people be even happy when all their over extended efforts are repeated over and over again in an attempt to grasp some semblance of purpose and meaning in their lives.
The greatest need of man that can only be fulfilled by God is to be loved unconditionally. This is a spiritual need, so it requires one having the Spirit of God residing inside. The rich can never experience this. All they can experience is the material world. Try to imagine your life now as a born again Christian being a person that never comes to realize the very reason why you were created. You never come to experience the deepest fulfillment that only can come from God who created you...to fulfill you. Is it any wonder why the lost rich are the most miserable of peoples. Is it any wonder why they are the ones more apt to take their own lives. Some may say to me: 'you can't say that about me, you don't even know me.' I don't have to know you personally. You are dead inside without God, and all that money is a curse on your life because your sinful nature cannot deal with it. Those drugs are expensive. You keep asking yourself why you're not happy. 'I have all that which the rest of the masses are striving for.' 'I have arrived.' 'I'm supposed to be happy.' You'd like to escape the burn out trap that you can't get out of but you don't know how to go about that.
RD and his lot are the worst of the worst, because not only are they rich but they are famous. This means they have a reputation they have to live up to. They are a god like figure in the world and that recognition is an absolute impossibilty to let go of. It has to be nutured because it keeps them employed making movies and making profound political statements. I suppose I could give RD the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he later came to realize what a foolish statement that was and he retracted it. Or maybe he meant that yes, he is not a believer after all. And why isn't he a believer? Because he can never get there. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.
My guess is like the rest of all the other unbelievers, RD equates Jesus with religion, thinking they are one in the same. And this belief is not supported by any research he has ever done on his own, but on what he has heard from someone else. This is how all unbelievers form their beliefs. I know it would be a waste of my time but I challenge any unbeliever to take fifteen minutes of your life and delve into the gospel of John to discover that Jesus' worst enemies were religious people. That is very very significant. He is as far away from having anything to do with religion as ice would have anything to do with fire. No founder of any religion has ever come anywhere near close to making the radical statements that Jesus made. That too is very very significant.
So far we have been talking about the rich in regard to the lost. What about the rich in regard to the Christian. Even to the unbeliever the scripture from Luke is pretty much understandable. Therefore you would think that a born again Christian would have a fuller understanding. However, is there a message for the Christian who knows better, but has refused to take heed to sound teaching? Has there been an accumulation of those of the same mind set that their numbers have formed a substantial group? Yes, this is very much the case. So much so that the Lord himself addresses this group in the book of Revelation. In chapters two and three of Revelation seven letters have been written to seven churches. These churches represent in chronological order the seven eras of church history. The first letter is written to the church at Ephesus which represents the age of the Apostles. For a detailed study go to this website:
The last letter is written to the church of Laodicea which represents the church age of today. This is the Hollywood Christianity that you see on television. This is a mindset that holds to the same values of the world because they are more concerned with becoming rich than they are concerned with the Lord coming back. This has become the new face as seen by the world that represents what Christianity is today. And the Lord's reaction to this is that it makes him sick. Rev. 3:16-17 says: 'So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.'
To all that has been said above, there are exceptions. For money in itself is not evil, but it is the love of money that is the root of all sorts of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). I conclude with the words of King David from Psalm 49:16-20: 'Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-and men praise you when you prosper-he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life. A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.'
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