Responsibly Social

This week’s theme is social responsibility. In the reading from Amos (8:4-7) – the prophet of social justice – we see greedy merchants looking to alter the scales used to measure wheat and grain so that they can cheat the poor and increase their profits. In those days, Amos was observing a growing gap between the rich and the poor that is very similar to what is going on today in most industrialized nations.  Amos tells the merchants (and each of us), that “The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Never will I forget a thing they have done!”

It feels so good to be generous – especially to those less fortunate.

In Paul’s Letter to TImothy (1 Timothy 2:1-8), Paul is asking the beloved to pray for “kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.”   Like the reading from Amos, this message has as much applicability today as it did 2000 years ago.  The political leaders of today have a great deal of influence over laws and services which lead to justice for all.

Paul knows that when a stable social order is in place, it’s much easier for individuals to live a peaceful life with dignity and respect in devotion to God. Our prayers do impact what happens in the world.  We’re not only encouraged to pray for those we love, but for political leaders around the world and especially for people we’re finding it difficult to love.  Paul reassures us that, “This is good and pleasing to God our Savior.”

Our prayers are heard by God and felt by those we’re praying for.  Prayer is uplifting for all involved.

 In Luke’s Gospel (16:1-13), Jesus tells a parable that deals with money, debt and ethics. “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  “Dishonest wealth” is the riches of the world.  Worldly wealth is not a bad thing. We’re encouraged to use it wisely by sharing it with others and to not hold onto it too tightly.

 “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” If we do not share our material wealth (small matters) joyfully and generously, how can we expect to receive “True wealth” – the riches of the kingdom of God?

“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon (material wealth or greed).”

We’re focused on loving and serving God and each other. Generosity with our money and ethics in our business dealings is a way of putting our faith into action each and every day.

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2 Responses to “Responsibly Social”

  1. Diane Says:

    it has its difficulties too. It is not a bed of roses as some prsumee it to be. When you work from home you will be rather shocked at the difficulties that appear in the least expected locations and

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