Is It Okay To Be Rich?

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were
written for our learning, that we through patience
and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”    Romans 15:4.

Those who claim to be Christian in this day and time do not know much of the Old Testament except for certain stories. Most of the time it is about some one person. Here are some individuals: Abraham, Noah, David, Moses and some Solomon.

The prophets are shrouded in a dark mystery that is beyond any comprehension by the average Christian and especially the average person. This is not the fault of the population as a whole. The fault lies with the lack of Sunday school, preachers and yes the public schools. All of these are lacking in the commitment to teach the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. The first 39 books of the Bible, the Old Testament, were penned by those men who we call the prophets. The names are used by anglo’s but not much at this time.

It is mainly the Hispanic culture that uses these names. There was a time when we English used these names for our sons – not any more.

It was the prophet in the Jewish culture that set the groundwork for social justice and conduct. Then these men of old taught people where to be helped. There were no other civilization’s which raised this standard for society.

INDIVIDUAL MEN

The next few weeks the articles in this blog will be written on the various men who spoke the message for Jehovah God. When reading history one should seek to pull from it what the message will be for our age. To memorize just dates, name and places is a waste of the reader’s time. This is one of the glaring imperfections of history taught in the public schools of today.

Recently I asked a young person who Douglas MacArthur was. He was unknown. This was not the fault of the person. The public school system had not done its duty and responsibility. It is not dates, times or places. The concept must be what was accomplished at that time and place.

The same remark could be stated about the church. For the most part the basic instruction of the Bible’s teaching is long gone. There are still small groups that teach fundamentals to new converts and the young.

As we read the prophets in coming weeks it should be informative as to each of the lives to ours 2600 years later.

The point in the teachings of the prophets and Jesus the Nazarene, the Son of God, is that we are to act individually. Here is what Charles Fiske wrote in the Atlantic Monthly years ago:

“There are occasions when most people would like to have somebody
tell them exactly what to do. It is not best that they should be told. It was
not in this fashion that Christ taught his first followers…His way is to make us
think things out for ourselves. Only so does our sense of obligation increase,
our moral insight become keener; only so do our bounds of service enlarge;
only this method makes for spiritual strength, leads to enrichment of life,
allows for moral growth.”

KNOWING AMOS

In order for anyone to be understood his background must be known. The same was and is true of the prophets. Amos was a prophet. Amos 1:1 gives us a perception of who he was:

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“The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa; which he saw
concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of
Jerusalem the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.”

Amos 7:14,16 furthur states:

“Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither
was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore
fruit.”

“And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me,
Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.”

Here was a man who spent time in the open air. The man was fearless. This was a wilderness area called Tekoa. This area was several miles south of Bethlehem the city where David and Jesus were born. This man was obviously not among the rich, in fact from the reading of the text he was from the lower economic class.

The message he spoke was to the rich who thought their right was to be rich. Once we read about them there is a pattern set out. Why not? Read Matthew 3: 1,2:

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea.
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

This was the same area where Amos lived. It was a poor part of Judea. God seldom calls out the rich to follow His rules. There is a reason for this. The rich become arrogant.

A prophet is one who speaks for God. He may discuss social issues as well as spiritual matters in other situations but he gives for God some thought for reformation in that
society.

From the remarks in Amos: 1:1 we know he lived in the time period 750 B.C. This man bred sheep out in the desert. He also had another job it was a dresser of sycamore fruit; it was a small fig like that was sweet but watery. Actually it was eaten by the poor. This was not food of the rich. Previously in Amos 7:14 told what he did. See previous quote.

There was one fact that was obvious that this was it was in time of great prosperity.

Your author lives in the Permian Basin in West Texas. For nearly 5 years the oil boom has been rolling on. Now the boom has burst. Money will not be gushing like it was. These people who profited from God’s blessing are feeling and will continue to feel the rebuke for their Godless ways. Amos told these Jews the same.

This was similar to what Amos told these people was going to happen. It did.

When the kingdom of Solomon broke into two separate parts, Israel was the Northern Kingdom while Judah and Benjamin were the Southern Kingdom.

Amos left the Southern and went to the Northern to preach against their actions. What Amos found was cruelty, injustice and lawlessness.

The message is summarized in several places.

Amos 5:14 and 15 states:

“Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts,
shall be with you, as ye have spoken.”
“Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: It may be
that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.”

Here again Amos 5:21,22 and 23 speaks out:

“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn
assemblies.”
“Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not
accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.”
“Take thou away from me the noise of the songs; for I will not hear the
melody of the viols.”

AMOS FOUND IN PERVERTED SOCIETY

The remarks of Amos were for them to reform or be taken to captivity and as a nation removed and destroyed.

These Jews did not reform thus it happened. There was destruction. The United States will not reform either.

Then the issue is brought to our attention. Is it right to have great wealth? You can give the answer.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE

February 1, 2015 was Super Bowl Sunday. This is a perfect example of extravagant use of wealth. Look at these items. None can I come with a number for dollars.

Advertising
• Tickets to attend
• Travel by players
• Travel by viewers
• Lodging
• Payment to NFL
• Purchase of dope
• Purchase of alcohol
• Clean up afterwards
• Rentals of auto, TV, etc;
• Gambling
Taxes

ISSUES OF LIFE

Questions arise when others are in need. The Gospel has not been told to all the world yet. There are issues which can be asked of yourself.

1. Why did I need recreation?

2. Why not spend money on luxuries.

3. Am I selfish?

4. Do we need a new car?

5. Do I need a vacation?

CONCLUSION

Wealth is a problem for those who have it. We become self-centered. Our mental decisions are warped by wealth and money. The prophet Amos has a message for we who are alive today.

“Saviour, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou has brought us, Thine we are,
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus1 Thou has brought us, Thine we are.
Early let us seek Thy favor, Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour, With thy love our bosoms fill:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou has loved us, love us still,
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou has loved us, love us still.”
                                                                                                                       BRADBURY

Gerald Fugit

February 1, 2015

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