The biblical meaning of “middle class”

Proverbs 30:8. . .”Keep falsehood and lies far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches; give me only my daily bread.”

This verse if pretty much the biblical basis for being “middle class”; one who is neither rich nor poor. When we look around and see someone with much wealth, our natural assumption is that these people are rich. Ironically, people who make six to seven figures per year don’t often see themselves as wealthy. This is funny considering they have more than 90% of the population, and more than that in a global sense.

Does the Bible encourage building wealth?

The Bible doesn’t encourage us to strive for wealth. Even the New Testament says to keep our lives free from the love of money. People in the Old Testament were wealthy but mostly in the sense of owning land that was given to them after years of working it, or through inheritance. Jesus and his apostles were at or near poverty. Many mystics in the early church through the last few centuries were known for taking a vow of poverty and living a life of simplicity.

If you believe in divine providence, then poverty is a mindset. Those that tithed in the Old Testament gave a voluntary tithe in response to already being blessed by God. God’s blessings are based on who He is and not dependent on anything we do. We are already blessed. Material blessings are separate from divine blessings, though the latter can overflow into the former.

Prosperity is a mindset: Real wealth is gathered little by little

Since God doesn’t condemn anyone, no one is condemned for pursuing wealth; though God will hold one to a higher standard if they pursue wealth. They will have to use it to serve others to some capacity.

Studies show capitalism has lifted 40% of people out of poverty. That means 60% still live in poverty; with most of these people living in third world, or developing countries. Many people are poor because they live in communities. We in the United States still have Amish and Quakers who still live this way.

Middle class is an illusion for poor people trying to look rich

The Bible never says anything about the existence of a middle class, no does any religious text. There are only rich and poor, with the former usually getting rich off of exploiting the poor. Find a passive income opportunity where you don’t have to work hard; guess what, just because you aren’t working hard doesn’t mean someone isn’t, and usually for low wages.

If there were no poor people, what would the middle class be? Likewise what would this class be if there were no rich people? I have a feeling middle class is a man-made term for people who don’t want to label themselves as poor.

The Kingdom of God is the inverse of the world

In the Kingdom of God, the poor are the rich because they, in most cases,trust more in the Divine and are the least enslaved to the worldly systems. Money is created out of debt, so the more you have the more debt you probably have. It is all superficial.

Put God first, love and serve others, and focus on the opportunities around you to live as richly as possible, regardless of income. Capitalism at its base is more about maximizing the use of one’s resources.

How Sons of Anarchy TV show depicts what’s wrong with America

Chasing cash we don’t need and spending every dime to stay alive.”-Opie Winston in Sons of Anarchy

I admit I love the show Sons of Anarchy. It started off slow but after the 3rd season I watched a whole season at a time. Katey Segal (Peg Bundy) seems to get hotter with age. She even has a new show called Rebel on ABC although rumor has it the second season was cancelled. She’s also married to Vince Sutter who created Sons of Anarchy. We know how she got the job as Jax Teller’s mom. 😂

Sorry I got off on a tangent about Katey. She is a bit distracting, if you know what I mean. This post is centered around a quote said by Ryan Hurst who played Opie. By the way his him and his family were my favorite characters. Next to Katey.

Does the quote sound familiar? Kind of resembles the American way of life of consumerism. Most people don’t know what they want so they chase after money to pay for stuff they don’t have time to use. Meanwhile some of the poorest people are more financially prosperous because they are more focused on what they want.

Another thing I noticed was the minimizing of the working man. The Sons were all auto mechanics who, more often than not, have to struggle to survive because they typically get paid less than white collar workers who are more educated.

In fact the actual middle class is white collar educated workers while blue collar workers are the poorest class (no matter how much they make). Especially when you have people like Mayor Hale (mayor of the fictional town of Charming, California) who is trying to gentrify the town with luxury homes and driving small businesses out of town. Sound familiar?

To supplement their income from auto mechanics, the founder of the Sons get into arms trafficking with the Irish. Jax Teller’s dad, John, tried to get out of the gun running business and was killed by Clay Morrow (Ron Purlman( who also married John’s wife Gemma, played by Sagal.

That’s it for that. Anymore and I will give it away. I recommend watching it. I am just finishing up the first season the second time around. It’s actually better than Breaking Bad.

Life on the Street

Do you think the rising cost of rent is effecting the Muppets on Sesame Street?

Everywhere I go these days, it seems the cost of rent is going up everywhere. This can induce a feeling of anxiety.  The average rent is about $1000 a month and in most cases, you have to make three times that before they even rent to you.

That means if you don’t make at least $3000 a month then you are homeless. If it keeps going at this rate you may end up making six figures a year and still be on the streets in a few more years.

All that being said, I can’t help but think about those poor Muppets on Sesame Street.  Although some of them have trash cans they can live in. Of course we all know that nothing is free and the rent on a trash can is pretty high considering Sesame Street is in New York.

Add to the fact that federal funding is being cut for Sesame Street, which just means that the Muppets will not be able to receive welfare benefits.  

This could be the making for a new movie called The Muppets at the homeless shelter. Can you see all those Muppets standing in the welfare line?

Whatever the end result ends up being, I am sure nothing will get in the way of Bert and Ernie’s undying love for each other as they are still celebrating their freedom to same-sex marry.  These two have been together nearly half a century and I am surprised that when you Google “longest same-sex couples” you don’t see any mention of the cute little Muppet couple as they are so popular.