JESUS NEVER SAID IT WAS WRONG TO HAVE MONEY OR ENJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE.
He did say:
"It is harder for a rich man to get into heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle".
And what he meant by that was NOT that it is wrong to have money or the finer things in life - BUT that if you have money and the finer things in life and DO NOT SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE WITH OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT you will find it hard to get into heaven.
In fact it is a GOOD THING to be RICH!
Because the more you have the more you can give to others!
A poor person will have little to share with others.
A rich person will have a lot to share with others.
So in THAT SENSE - it is a blessing to have a lot and to be rich.
Let me tell you a story:
One of the most lavish weddings I have celebrated in the last 30 years was for an American billionaire. It last 4 days and took place at a 5* venue in Ireland.
The guests were brought to Ireland for the wedding in a hired Jumbo Jet.
A whole orchestra played the music at the wedding.
The wine at the top table on the day of the wedding was Chateau Petrus from the Pomerol in France and cost thousands of pounds per bottle.
The hotel bill for the complete wedding (excluding the Jumbo) was something like £500,000.
But the best man told me a story in the bar on the night of the wedding that greatly impressed me.
Apart from paying his 20,000 employees very generous salaries - the groom - every year - built 50 new homes and handed those houses over - deeds and all - to 25 poor black families and 25 poor white families in the USA.
The man also donated vast sums of money to various charities each year.
So here you had a VERY rich man enjoying the finer things in life - BUT ALSO SHARING HIS WEALTH with others who were not as well off.
Let him enjoy his wine, his cigars and his billionaire lifestyle I say.
As long as he shares his good fortune with others.
By the way this billionaire was himself born into abject poverty and started life as a tea boy on a building site in one of the US's larger cities.
Being a Christian (and my billionaire did not claim a Christian) is NOT about what you have.
It's about what YOU DO with WHAT YOU HAVE!
All of us have varied wealth and possessions.
Christianity does not call upon us to become destitute and to live homeless on a park bench.
It simply calls upon us to share what we have with others.
Money itself is a neutral thing. It is how it is used that makes it good or bad.