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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.
something funny on a friend’s Facebook page the other day. It was a meme
featuring the Will Smith in his Fresh Prince role from the 1990’s. The meme was
captioned “how did you find God?” at the top. At the bottom was the opening
line to the theme of Fresh Prince of
“I’d like you to take a minute and sit right there as I tell you how I became the Fresh Prince of a town called Bel-Aire.”-Theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire. (1990-1996).
Before the Awakening
The meme got
me thinking about everything I lost the last few years since my Awakening
started in 2011. I used to be ambitious in my 20’s. I was going to church on my
own for the first time. I also noticed most spiritual/religious types appear to
be less ambitious.
started losing my ambition and spent much of my 20’s and into my 30’s
struggling with mental illness. On top of my growing lack of ambition, I had
the spiritual insight that even the entire mental health field was just a game
and had enough conviction to avoid medications.
separated me from the church I was going to and ended up resulting in the end
of my first marriage in my mid 30’s. Further spiritual growth led to a loss of
religious zeal (like I ever was much into religion in the first place). I also
shifted further to the left in my ideologies and discovered “liberalism” wasn’t
such a bad word after all as I felt a sense of freedom, or liberation.
Then I discovered the Middle Way. This was a Buddhist concept, but in a world that politicized everything we call it Libertarianism these days. That’s another topic entirely.
After the Awakening
experience brief homeless, I had the privilege of discovering that there were
many people who chose homelessness as a way of simply opting out of the
economy. Some just did day labor for money and paid for their smartphones
(which basically have all you need on them anyway).
In a sense, a homeless shelter was basically an intentional community. I could have gotten into the life and been just as fulfilled writing on my blog at (https://dailyevotionals.wordpress.com) whether I made any money or not.
I already found my purpose in my life as a writer. It’s not about the money. Capitalism is all about raising your standard of living up. It is also basically a giant game of Monopoly. It’s not inherently a bad thing, except for turning your life into a game. Although you can spending so much time maximizing wealth that you miss out on life entirely. Not to mention ruining your health because of all the stress.
Relationships have gotten so shallow and empty because everyone is so focused on money and materialism that no one really cares about anything deeper. And if you are not a materialist, you will probably have a hard time being a capitalist.
All is not lost
I am not
entirely lost with my lack of ambition. I just work for basic needs now. The
simpler life means I am healthier. To this I discovered that even health
insurance does not cost as much without insurance and even more negotiable.
Many urgent care centers have payment plans.
I am still
ambitious but my ambition is more practical. It is still empowering being able
to work to pay for your own place and enjoy the privilege of driving a nice
car. Building a business, or a ministry, is fulfilling in itself.
Men like to
Like it says
in the Bible, everything that man builds in the tree of knowledge of good/evil
(material world) will be thrown down and burned up. Only spiritual fruit
designed to better serve humanity will last forever. You can still get rich but maybe not as rich
if you primary focus is creating family and community.
You might even be called a Socialist! Although I’m sure the Kingdom of God is beyond any earthly kingdom.
Romans 2:28-29. . .”“Who are Jews but those who have received the circumcision of the heart?”
I have to confess that in recent years I have found more spiritual fulfillment from sites like Chabad. I experienced more spiritual growth since I became interested in Judaism a few years ago. This is not surprising since it is the parent to Christianity. It goes without saying that the most spiritual Christians just refer to themselves as Judeo-Christians.
said, I tried attending a few Messianic congregations only to find that there
was too much “Christianity” in it. You will better understand this when you
come to understand the difference between following the Christ and following
the religion built around the Messiah.
recent years I discovered that I didn’t have to attend a Messianic church. I
could just study Judaism on my own. I can also find the most spiritual
congregations who are in touch with their Jewish roots. Even Paul said we are
all spiritual Jews.
In one of the posts on Chabad that I read this week, it was saying that the best way to escape a prison cell was to make yourself small. This is a great analogy for life which can seem like a prison.
material world is a prison. Our divine selves are actually free spirits. This
is why we often feel trapped by the burdens placed on us by society. Society will make us feel like we have some
kind of moral obligation to produce and earn a higher income (making us
economic slaves). It is even worse when the church does it because it perverts
the message of Christ.
simple life is a high calling in scripture. The more you know God, the more you
know yourselves. The more you realize where true wealth lies. Rich and poor are relative terms.
world is hell. This is the only hell that exists is the ones humans create by
making life complicated and stressful.
intentionally keeps you more focused on the Divine.
nothing wrong in and of itself with being materially ambitious. Even James, the
half-brother of Jesus, talked about remaining humble in your high position. You
can be as wealthy as you are driven to in the material world. Just don’t get
too attached to it because this is when it borders on idolatry.
Pursue your dreams. Build an empire. Create all the wealth you want. Just remember to hold it with an open hand and to give back to humanity everything you have been blessed with. Actually if you don’t give back, the government will get ahold of it through taxes. Another reason why one is better off being poor, because if you really believe in divine providence then poverty doesn’t really exist and is completely man made.
If you know any Spanish at all, it’s not hard to figure this one out. Of course you would probably have to have a perverted mind. “I am good in the bed.”. There is also “Yo soy bueno en la Cocina.” Or the kitchen.
This is a love letter to my bed, my lifelong companion. I confess I have slept around in many beds. And none of them knew I was cheating on them. At least I don’t think they did.
I heard the best part of being single is being able to sleep around (every corner of the bed).
Dear bed, Had a good time last night. Looking forward to sleeping together again soon. Love, E
Short and sweet. Just like my relationship with my bed. Until my next post, I am off to go cuddle up with the love of my life.