There’s been a discussion going on at kendellball.net about wealth and christianity.
Greg said “I still cannot get to a point (and believe me, I’ve tried) where a disciple, a follower of Christ, can walk into a Lexus dealer and put his John Hancock on a piece of paper to purchase a car that costs that much money. Or on a house that costs that much money. Or go on vacations that cost that much money”
I’ve weighed in a couple times on his blog all ready, but I’ll post my thoughts on the matter here.
I understand Jesus gave us a radical call to discipleship. When the rich young ruler approached Jesus about salvation, Jesus asked him several things. When he gave the correct answers to Jesus’s questions, Jesus gave him the clincher… “sell all you have and give it to the poor” Hardcore. Sell EVERYTHING… not just ten percent, as had been previously stated in the law. The guy walked away sad, because he had great wealth. If we just read this passage, it would lead us to believe we must sell everything and give it to the poor to be saved. However, when Jesus met Zaccheus, he didn’t require the same thing. Zaccheus only gave away half of what he had. Jesus didn’t rebuke him for not giving enough. So why is Mr. Kendall Ball requiring something that Jesus didn’t? Sounds awful presumptuous don’t you think? Judging people whom he doesn’t have a personal relationship with?
I have some hands on experience with this type of judgementalism. Since I turned 12, my family has been blessed monitarily. My dad started a business in 1992, and its done fairly well. We live in a nice house but up until recently, drove very modest cars, toyotas, hondas, chryslers, etc. Just recently we’ve gotten an Acura SUV and my Dad’s company car is an Infiniti. According to Prophet KendallBall, we are not good Christians because we live in a house that’s too big for his standards, and we drive cars that are too nice for a real disciple to drive. He’s making a judgement without knowing a person, knowing how much money my family gives away.
I’m not going to condemn any Christian for how they deal with money. I think there is a good way to do it. I think more important that what car you drive is how you give. Who would you think is living a lifestyle more like a disciple; someone who makes 500,000 dollars a year, but lives on a third, saves a third, and gives away a third, but who happens to drive a lexus and live in a 5000 square foot house, or a person who’s making 40,000 a year, has 10,000 of credit card debt. Has a 500 dollar a month car payment and a 1000 dollar a month house payment? Sure, they are middle class, but they are stretched to the limit. When you are that stretched, it makes it that much harder to give your first fruits. Of course, prophet Greg Kendall Ball would believe the middle class person to be more spiritual because they don’t drive a luxury car.
It just makes me upset. Wealth is relative. We all could be giving more away… but pointing fingers at those with more than you is just covetousness masked in spiritual arrogance. how about instead of pointing fingers at those less “spiritual” than us, we use what we have to point to Christ and his love?