‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.’ James 5:1-6 KJV
Earlier this week I read where a Pastor of a Mega-Church in Houston had, initially,
refused to open the doors for the thousands of displaced Texans from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
Now this popular pastor preaches what is known as the Prosperity Doctrine…where if you are a christian you will become rich and full of health and happiness.
Certainly, there are multitudes of Christians…that have been devastated by Harvey? Most assuredly their homes were destroyed and many are sick and grieving and many have died.
I have spent my life in the Christian faith. During that time…I have been abjectly poor and have know countless people that lived as humbly and purely…the Christian Life… as it can be lived…that nevertheless…were poor from the cradle to the grave.
Jesus…was a carpenter…his mother and father could find no room in the Inn…and he was born in a stable.
Is the Christian life…emotion…and what can I get out of it…or is it a daily living of Christ’s principles…without concern for money…or fame…or power…or prestige?
I wonder…were the suffering and the hurting…not good enough…for the Prosperity Doctrine?