Monday, March 13, 2017

Wo unto the Rich

2 Nephi 9:30 But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.
This is a universal statement with no exceptions: the rich shall perish along with their treasure, which is their substance.  Who then are the rich?

Benjamin answered this question for us by defining what it means to be poor.
Mosiah 4:24-25 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.  And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
Those are the poor: their needs are met, but they have nothing more, and are unable to give to the beggars because they have nothing.

The rich, then, are they with no unmet needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, and have substance in their possession - money, food, clothing - that they can give, or non-necessities they could liquidate.  They may have laid up their treasures - their excess substance - upon earth in their closets, their sheds, their garages, their recreational vehicles, their audio-visual equipment, their certificates of deposit, their health management accounts, their Roth IRAs, their checking or savings accounts, and so on, so their excess substance may not be in their immediate physical possession because they have hid it away to withhold it from men, but they indeed have excess to distribute to the needy and the beggars.

Those are the rich.  I figure most of my readers are, in reality, rich, and if they will scrupulously and diligently keep the sayings, teachings, and commandments of Jesus Christ, he will remedy their wealthiness with them, that they may not perish along with their possessions.

I recommend reading this series: The Dangers of Wealth and Inequality

Things don't have to be perfect, and I don't have to agree with them fully, to consider them worthy of consideration.

This is a time for action, to be up and doing, and not a time of many words.