JESUS TEACHINGS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY: LUKE 16:1 – 32
While wealth is possession of material things such as money or occupation of a high social economic status, poverty is the opposite. It is lack of basic needs such as water, education, food, shelter, clothing, and health.
When teaching about wealth, Jesus taught using two parables. These were:
Parable of the shrewd manager
READ LUKE, 16: 1 – 18
When the shrewd manager realized that his master was going to sack him due to his dishonesty, he asked the debtors to change the amounts they owed their master to smaller amounts. He did this to make friends with a few people who would give him a place to stay after he was sacked. The master praised the shrewd manager and did not sack him. The shrewd manager is praised not because of his dishonesty but because he acted promptly and with great presence of mind in a moment of crisis.
Jesus is encouraging his disciples and followers to make prompt (quick, appropriate, timely) decisions.
They should use wealth to serve God. It should not be allowed to take the place of God. Followers of
Jesus should be honest in small and big things.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
Read Luke, 16: 19 – 31
A rich man lived in luxury. At his gates was a poor man, called Lazarus whose body was covered by sores. The rich man did not feed Lazarus. He ate food remains together with the rich man’s dogs.
When rich man died, he went to hell. When Lazarus died, he went to heaven and sat at Abraham/s bosom. When in hell, the rich man was tormented while Lazarus was at peace.
Lessons to learn from this parable
The rich isn’t condemned for being rich but because of his altitude towards Lazarus. He used his wealth for self-gratification and not for service to the needy. The wealthy should realize that it is God who gives wealth and he should be given honor. Riches can hinder the wealthy from inheriting eternal life, especially if they put their trust in riches instead of God who is the source of all wealth and blessings.
"[Proverbs 22:16] One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty"
Values are beliefs, which guide people on what is right and wrong. There are:-
Bribery and corruption are related terms.
Fighting against bribery and corruption
In Kenya, Kenya Anti Corruption commission KACC is a national body formed to fight corruption.
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) is a public body created by the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act in 2003. The KACC became fully operational in August 2005 and replaced previous agencies and units working on corruption-related issues. The KACC is responsible for investigating and preventing corruption, economic crimes and educating the public on the dangers of corruption. The KACC does not have any prosecution powers, but forwards cases to the Attorney General. The KACC receives regular funding and has a full-time staff, which, according to Global Integrity 2009, is among the best-paid public officials in Kenya.
Factors leading to bribery and corruption
Consequences of corruption and bribery
Christian can respond by
Affluence — having a lot of material possessions and a luxurious standard of living. Poverty is a state of lack of the basic necessities
Illegal means of acquiring wealth include fraud, grabbing public land, selling narcotic drugs etc.
Factors that have contributed to poverty
Measures to eradicate Poverty
Teaching on wealth
Christian teaching on poverty
Wages and industrial action (Strikes)
A wage is payments for work done. Payment is in modern times done according to hours, weeks or days that one works.
Christian teachings on wages
Also commonly called Strike’ this is an effort by workers to stop work in protest by boycott go-slow sit — ins or refuse to work. There has been increase of industrial action in the recent past in most countries of the world,
Reasons for industrial actions
Results of workers strikes (industrial / action)
Christian approaches towards strikes