Well, my last blog, Judgement vs. Discernment, did quite well, so I thought I would continue with my examination of scripture and some of the beliefs of evangelicals regarding money.
Today, I have read so many posts on Twitter about how Trump is so great because the stock market is booming. Let’s delve into this a little deeper.
The first thing that came to my mind as I read these posts is what Jesus said: “You cannot serve both God and money.”
Yes, I agree that it is a good thing that the stock market is up and that a lot of people are making a lot of money. However, I also know a little bit about the stock market, and I know that there is no way it is going to stay up this high. It is way too high, and eventually it will drop. What is Trump going to say when it falls? Will he blame it on the Democrats? Of course he will because Trump never, ever takes responsibility for anything.
Now, let’s look at scripture:
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42
Next, let’s take a look at the actions of the Republicans and the Trump administration:
– They failed to act when it came to Puerto Rico. It took almost 1/3 of a year to restore power to portions of Puerto Rico.
– Some of the Republicans in Congress want to cut Medicaid. A good portion of the ill and elderly in this country who are suffering every single day are on Medicaid. Some of these are nursing home residents who do not have any other source of income.
– Members of DACA (children that came here through no fault of their own) are waiting on the edge of their seats to see if the U.S. government will protect them. If DACA isn’t dealt with soon, some of these innocent kids will be sent back to a country that they have never been to in their life.
– The recent tax cut will give some people tax breaks, but a few years from now, many middle-class citizens will have increases in their taxes to help offset the cost of this tax cut while the rich will still benefit from it.
So, yeah, the stock market is way up right now. But at what cost? Who will end up paying for all the debt? The elderly, the disabled, the poor, the middle-class, and all our kids and grandkids. It’s great to help out others by trying to boost the economy, but if it is done at the expense of the poor and less fortunate, it becomes evil. This is what Jesus meant when he said “You cannot serve both God and money.”
Let’s look at another piece of scripture. Jesus said:
“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
This is exactly what is happening today. Our government is putting “heavy, cumbersome loads on other people’s shoulders.”
Let’s learn to get rid of selfishness and help our fellow human beings, especially those who are hurting or poor.