October 14, 2018

 Our faith does not exist in a vacuum. So we must inevitably deal with the problem of wealth as we go about our lives and ministries. And I want to use this phrase this morning, the “problem of wealth” because for most of our lives we’ve probably heard about the problems of wealth inequality and poverty through a lens that places poverty as the root issues of the problem. But we rarely hear about what lies on the other side of that coin. As one anthropologist puts it, “social sciences very seldom ask the question: 'why are the rich wealthy?' in the same way that they ask why the poor are poor?” That’s our task today: to talk about the problem and opportunity of wealth.

Our faith does not exist in a vacuum. So we must inevitably deal with the problem of wealth as we go about our lives and ministries. And I want to use this phrase this morning, the “problem of wealth” because for most of our lives we’ve probably heard about the problems of wealth inequality and poverty through a lens that places poverty as the root issues of the problem. But we rarely hear about what lies on the other side of that coin. As one anthropologist puts it, “social sciences very seldom ask the question: 'why are the rich wealthy?' in the same way that they ask why the poor are poor?” That’s our task today: to talk about the problem and opportunity of wealth.