What is morally required of the rich? Same as the poor.

What is “morally required” of the wealthy is the same as what’s “morally required” of the poor. The study I mentioned shows that the wealthier among us are liberals, and a corollary of the numbers is that the poor are better givers, in general.

It’s a matter of “what can I do”, rather than “what can the other guy do because he has more than me”.

The Golden Rule. Jesus used the widow and her two mites (“all her living”) to say that the Pharisees were giving much less. The tithe was straight percentage but offerings also brought blessings.

Jesus also told the story of the rich man who built bigger barns to hold his riches but died early (“this night”). If they hoard their wealth instead of invest it to good use, it will do them no good to look at it.

Then “the liberal soul shall be made fat”. That’s liberal in the sense of “generous”, not the political word (voting for somebody else to pay stuff doesn’t count). That one means you will benefit if you invest what you have.

BUT “Thou shalt not steal”, and Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s. st

The Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock tried total community sharing, like we did in missions and like some Catholic orders and like Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-35.

But it didn’t work because some worked harder than others, some were better at it farming, and the harder workers began to resent the slower ones.

A year later they divided up the land and told each family they would eat what they would work up from their parcel of land. The result was the amazing bounty that they shared with the local Indians for “the first Thanksgiving”.

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