Is it wrong to prosper?

“Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, and trust in Mount Samaria. Notable persons in the chief nation, to whom the house of Israel comes! Go over to Calneh and see; and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory?” (Amos 6:1-2 NKJV).

When I make reports on my work in undeveloped nations a very common response is “That sure makes us appreciate what we have doesn’t it?” Others will say, “We sure are blessed.” Behind such comments is an inference of guilt. Are we wrong to have so much when so many have so little? I believe a lot of sincere American Christians ask that question, and fear the answer. Continue reading “Is it wrong to prosper?”

The joy of giving

Yesterday was a day of giving for many of us, particularly those who live in the Western World. Christmas Day has become a time for the giving and receiving of gifts. Being a day of rest for most professions, we were able to spend the entire day with family, enjoying each other’s company, eating a feast together, and then playing games and watching films.

Although as children, our emphasis too often was on what we were “getting” for Christmas, as we grew older the enjoyment is what we are able to give to others. We realise the problem when we hear children who are more concerned with how many gifts have their name on them rather than wishing to see the joy on someone’s face because of the gift we gave them. Continue reading “The joy of giving”