“The year was 1780, and Robert Raikes had a burden for the poor, illiterate children in his London neighborhood. He noticed that nothing was being done to help these children, so he set out to make a difference. He hired some women to set up schools for them on Sunday. Using the Bible as their textbook, the teachers taught the poorest children of London to read and introduced them to the wisdom of the Bible. Soon about 100 children were attending these classes and enjoying lunch in a safe, clean environment. These “Sunday Schools,” as they were soon called, eventually touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls. By 1831, Sunday schools in great Britain reached more than a million children – all because one man understood this truth: “The righteous considers the cause of the poor” (Proverbs 29:7 NKJV). It’s no secret that Jesus cares greatly for those who struggle. In Matthew 25, He suggests that followers of Christ show a readiness for the Lord’s return by helping the hungry to get food, helping the thirsty to get a drink, helping the homeless to find a home, helping the naked to get clothes, and helping the sick or imprisoned to receive comfort (vs. 35-36). As we bear witness that Jesus Christ is in our hearts, we honor our compassionate Savior by considering those on God’s heart. (Written by Dave Branon)
I would like to say to my fellow Christ believers and followers out there, that this is a subject Jesus spends an immense amount of time talking about during his 3 years of preaching and teaching. He also teaches that the rich may not enter the kingdom of heaven in two places: one where a rich man wants to follow Him, and Jesus tells him to give away all his goods to the poor, take up his cross and follow Him. The rich man turns away. In another gospel instance, Jesus talks about how it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.
To more fully understand this passage, it’s important to note that the entering and exiting places of walled cities had rounded narrow passages for the camels to go through called a “needle”. The camels had to be stripped of everything they were packing in order to fit through the needle. In other words, Jesus says the same thing twice: to enter into heaven one who is rich must shed themselves of their riches. This is NOT a gospel of prosperity, nor was it ever meant to be. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. Period. Even the old Testament has God condemning the rich and wealthy.
I write this, or blog this, in order to hopefully reach the hearts of good Christians out there who may not have heard this from anyone in their immediate circle of Christian friends and family. Many churches, more-so the mega churches, I believe, preach a gospel they have made up that is nowhere to be found in the Bible. It is important to me that Christians be aware of this.