The Rich, The Poor, The Wall

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  10 But the rich, in that he is made low:  because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.   11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth:  so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. (James 1:9-11 KJV)

Reading a news article, I read Amazon acquired over eleven billion dollars in profits. Amazon will pay zero dollars in taxes (they are not the only company that will not pay any taxes this year) made me take a closer look at James chapter one. I also thought about the richest man in the world, who used to be the CEO of Amazon, running for President of the United States. I then looked at the people that the President is putting into positions of authority in his cabinet. Rich, rich and richer as the constituents get poorer and poorer, with no end in sight. These ultra-rich individuals cannot fade away soon enough for me.

The so-called wall is an attempt to deny poor people entering the United States, legally or illegally, to escape danger to their lives and for a better life. They are all poor and God will care for them, down with the rich that want to put up a wall to prevent this. The only emergency is to care for these people, love our neighbors as we do ourselves. God have proclaimed this therefore who are we to go against God? Jesus doesn’t build walls against the poor and tell them to keep out. He opens a door and says, ‘come in’.

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  26 He said unto him, What is written in the law?  how readest thou?  27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;  and thy neighbour as thyself.   28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:  this do, and thou shalt live.   29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? (Luke 10:25-29 KJV)

Those that are attempting to deny the poor (our neighbors) entry expect a good life ahead of them. The rich man should boast in the fact that God has humbled them. This is true for individuals, businesses, and government. We should applaud and censure our government officials when they do things that benefit or hurt the poor. I’ll give you one more passage…

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good?  there is none good but one, that is, God:  but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.   18 He saith unto him, Which?  Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother:  and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 19:16-19 KJV)

These poor people are attempting to breech a physical wall as well as a political wall. These are God fearing, mostly honest people who are not as our President have said about them, especially the children. I have met people all over the world along with nationalities all over the USA that are poor. Maybe I have been lucky, but I have never met a bad individual among these people. I can say I love my neighbor, we get along fine. Can the President, his party and his followers say the same? The rich people and those that do not love the neighbor will fade away. I say ‘fare-well’, it can’t be soon enough.

 

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