Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

January 15, 2008

Why we share our wealth, Part 1

I’ll start this series with a simple confession. Amanda and I are rich. That’s not to brag, and it really doesn’t have much to do with our income. It has to do with the fact that we are among the top few percent of the richest people in the world. Probably most of my readers, you included, are also rich by that reasoning…check out the statistics if you’re not sure.

We have enough money to rent a small apartment, we own a car, we never have to worry about going hungry, we have several changes of clothes and shoes, we own a computer and enough furniture for our apartment, we have recreational equipment like camping gear, snorkels, and bikes…I could go on and on. The reason I think this distinction is important is that it helps us relate to certain teachings of Christ. When Jesus addresses the rich, he addresses us. It’s easy to act like we’re “middle class” and ignore those passages, as if they simply don’t apply to us. But for Amanda and me, we need to look up and tune in.

You have to decide for yourself whether or not you are rich and wealthy. Don’t compare yourself to just those around you, either. Christianity wasn’t began in the United States, and we need to have a broad world view when we consider anything related to it. We’ll give everyone a day to figure out if you are rich or not, then we’ll be back tomorrow to talk about what that means. There will be lots of scripture, so bring your Bibles. :)



  1. Here’s a help for people to figure out just how rich they are:

    Comment by Ariah Fine — January 16, 2008 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  2. i’m rich, i admit it.

    Comment by jody — January 16, 2008 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  3. When I tell people that we are rich, they usually look at me and smile. They assume that I mean “rich in spirit” or something, which is true, but they fail to realize that even with only one job in our household and our third child on the way, we live beyond the means of the largest percentage of people in the world. We are well below the average family household income in America, and we never have to worry about the things you mentioned (the essentials.)

    Thanks for the series, Daniel, this is amazing.

    Comment by bryan — January 21, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

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