Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

God's Abundance Not Found in Our Wealth

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

God's Abundance Not Found in Our Wealth

Article excerpt

Recently, a friend said, "We need to have a mindset of abundance. God is infinite and there is no lack in God." I'm decidedly uncomfortable with this sentiment and similar popular ideas, all about material wealth with a spiritual spin to it.

I am amazed at how clever we've been at using the Bible and theology to justify our positions. And we are still at it, justifying our extreme wealth in the face of global poverty with platitudes about abundance.

First of all, let's be clear. There may be no limitations in God or the spiritual realm, but there certainly are in the physical! There's only so much water, topsoil, natural resources, ozone layer, etc. It's foolish and selfish of us consuming, Earth-destroying, affluent Americans to think science or some abundant God is going to magically create "more."

I've heard people say, "My being poor isn't going to help the world's poor." How ridiculous! Of course it will, if we live simply and give the rest away to the disadvantaged. It's real money and resources diverted from us and channeled to those in desperate need of them. And it's time we got away from a mentality of entitlement: "I worked hard all my life and I deserve my money and to live well." What about the majority of the world's poor who work much harder than we do? Don't they deserve the same, or even to survive or have their basic needs be met?

The bottom line is that we have vastly more than our fair share of the world's wealth. And it's not because God has blessed Us because we are such a great nation and therefore we ought to keep it. …

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