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Good Stewards Live God’s
Values, Not the World’s Values
I believe we all know the Gospel story of the rich young man.
However, I believe many of us mangle the message.
Jesus did NOT tell the rich young man he had to sell all his
stuff to get into heaven. No, Jesus didn’t say that.
Here’s what Jesus did say. Jesus told the rich young man that,
standing alone, no human can get into heaven. Jesus said, without
God’s help, heaven is beyond every human’s grasp. But, Jesus went
on, with God’s help, all of us can get into heaven by following the
commandments. And the commandments, however rigorous they
might be, do not require us to give away all our possessions.
Yes, Jesus did recommend that the young man sell all he had,
give it to the poor and follow him. But, that suggestion was in response to the young man asking how he could become PERFECT.
Now, I have no doubt Jesus would have liked the young man to give
his wealth to the poor. Yet, I suspect Jesus was being, at least in part,
facetious. The Christian virtue
of being detached from worldly
things does not mean we must
give up our things but that we
would give them up, if necessary. It also means we follow
Jesus’ requirement that we give
sacrificially to Church and
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