Is it immoral to be wealthy? Is it not fair that some people have more wealth then others? Are there moral limits to how people can gain wealth?
Is it immoral to be wealthy? I believe it is not. One of the common objections to wealth is supposedly found in the bible. People declare that 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “Money is the root of all evil.” However that is not the case. It says “The LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil”! Wealth in and of its self is not evil. People can use money for good or bad. It is not the money! Many good and helpful things have come out of wealth! If you work as God commands you will get a reward. We, who live in the West, have been greatly blessed with prosperity.
Is it unjust that some have more wealth than other? Poor people have and always will be around. Mark 14:7a “The poor you will always have with you.” But often those called poor are not. “Today, of Americans officially designated as ‘poor’; 99 percent of them have electricity, running water, and a refrigerator; 95 percent have a television, 88 percent a telephone, 71 percent a car, and 70 percent air conditioning. Cornelius Vanderbilt had none of these.” * Also many are poor because they won’t work. In my town there are a lot of “poor” people. There are a ton of jobs open. Do the take them? No, because they can’t pass the drug test. Sometimes, however, there are really poor people. If there are the families and churches are supposed to help them, not the government!
Are there moral limits on how you can gain wealth? Yes. You can’t just walk up to a rich person, stick a gun in their ribs and say, “Give me your money.” That’s a good way to end up in jail! Another way of stealing is welfare. The government takes Mr. Hardworker’s money through taxes and gives it to Mr. Poorman. Welfare is also like robbing someone. How? If you don’t pay taxes you’ll go to jail. Just like if you don’t give the thug your money, you’ll get shot!
We are to work with our hands to gain wealth so we can give to the truly poor. If you see a rich man, you usually see a hard working man. Wealth can’t be earned or kept by doing nothing!
Samuel Duarte JM