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 to be a millionaire on minimum wage


With all the talk about “Fight for $15”, I did the math and crunched some numbers. I figure at 40 hours a week, we could all be millionaires if we just raise the minimum wage to $500 an hour.How about we just fight for $500?

Now if you want to kill the joke, just note that a million dollars a year wouldn’t make you a millionaire. Only a million dollars worth of assets would make you a millionaire (minus liabilities).

I once met a decent looking young man in a homeless shelter who once said that if he was offered a job making $35,000 a year, he would be homeless and save $35,000 a year.Wow! Just wow.Factor out transportation to get to work and taxes, you would be lucky to still have half of that.That and the fact that if you made that kind of money, you would be wanting a place of your own within a month.

If the Bible is right about the government serving Divine purposes, maybe taxes is God’s way of telling us to make sure our work serves a higher purpose than just making money for the sake of making money.

Also people that do get rich is usually because they can find every tax loopholes out there.So basically the secret to success is to always look for the loophole.

When everything man-made turns to crap


I was watching a video on YouTube recently when I heard about how 70% of Americans were living in poverty. However the sad part is many of those who are impoverished are making up to six figures a year. It always sounds funny to hear someone making mid five figures and up complain about how poor they are despite how hard they work. Although they don’t usually work nearly as hard as those making close to minimum wage.

They say more money leads to more problems, and it’s amazing how the solution is always more money. Even the Bible says whoever loves money will never have enough. A Lyft driver who sold real estate told me once that no matter how much you make, you are always in the same boat. Rich people just have expensive tastes. Poor people find cheaper alternatives which are often just as good. It’s just the stigma and being more “resourceful”.

Another way to ensure impoverishing oneself is to live a life of luxury. How many luxury apartments have you seen going up in your neighborhood. Luxury living is the same as “lustful” living. I can’t knock it though since I am attracted to these myself. They aren’t really that luxury. The reviews are almost as bad as any ghetto apartment. People are never happy. All they have to do is see one cockroach or any other insect.

Give it a few decades and these luxury apartments will either be sold as condominiums or rented out as low income apartments; or turned into motels.

I confess that I almost rented out a small 400 square foot luxury apartment that I found for as low as $800. It was cheaper than the non luxury apartments around it. On a side note, renting is still a waste of money and you can buy a $200,000 condo for less than you can rent a luxury apartment for.

I think I may be onto something with that last statement. Either way, all the money we are spending to modernize everything through gentrification only to still be paying off the debt by the time the foundation starts to settle again. I almost call luxury apartments “shitholes of the future.”

The mindset of poverty and prosperity


Atheists claim not to believe in God because they can’t prove He exists. The. Bible tells us to live by faith and not by sight. An educated society may make for a better society, though educated types tend to reject the Divine because there is no evidence; or at least none they can see.

As an intellectual, I like to question everything. I like to try to figure out why I believe something. This has made me a freethinker, thus the bane of the established church. Note I said established because the true church has invisible walls.

My basic beliefs would align me with the Judeo-Christian faith. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder why I believe what I do. The fact that I catch myself quoting the Bible frequently confirms my beliefs. Especially if a certain verse is logical or consistent with the culture. And that is what makes the Bible stand out as the best selling book. Even nonbelievers admire it as a book of philosophy and wisdom.

Today’s verse reminds me that poverty is man-made and a mindset. If you believe in divine providence anyway. There is no way to prove this. Sometimes you just have to trust in it and quit over thinking everything.

Everyone knows that when we go through hard times, aka recessions or famines, the ones who get through it are the ones who are the most prepared. In many cases the ones who are the most prepared are the ones who put their trust in the Most High.

Prosperity is biblical but the invisible kingdom is more than money. That’s why we aren’t supposed to put our trust in material wealth. What some people lack in money, they make up for in other resources. Sometimes the ones who look poor on paper actually have a better quality of life.