Yesterday we chatted about “being rich.” Today….we’ll touch on the subject of what it would be like to “not have the RICH people.” There is this mentality of TRANSFER-of-WEALTH that the current administration is cramming down the throats of the American Tax-payer… that started back with Robin Hood….which, basically, is “taking from the rich and giving to the poor.” The problem, of course, is the RICH supply “us with jobs,” with opportunity, education, and maybe, even…. Rich wives.
Has it occurred to any one that the RICH also provide us with “an example?” Someone to look up to and want to be like…and motivate us to emulate. Does it make good sense, then, to take their riches, and leave the rest of us…still “more poor?” If we take away the RESOURCES of the RICH… how can they become “more-rich?”
My friend, LinkedIn Associate Josh Scarabin, sent this quote to me… RICH GIVING: “My experience in getting money for Tuskegee taught me to have no patience with those who condemn the rich, because they’re rich. Those guilty of such don’t know how many people would be made poor, if wealthy people were to part with large amounts of their wealth in a way to cripple business. Few know of the number seeking help from the rich, or how much money is given away by persons who never permit their names to be known. I often hear the rich condemned for not giving away money, who, I know, were giving away thousands every year so quietly that the world knew nothing about it.” Up From Slavery – by Booker T. Washington.
There are some who think that the “rich” do not make “new jobs.” I know that this is a popular, but well-earned cliché today. However, I would like to take the word “job” and substitute it with the word…OPPORTUNITY. If the CONSUMER… you and me… didn’t buy what the RICH-man created…then, the Rich-man would not make any more of that particular product, and would close the business. So… the Rich-man need us… the consumer, and the consumer needs the Rich-man. We, each, scratch the other’s back.
But… it “still takes” a rich man, his money, and his idea (generally), for any of these mechanisms to “move forward.” That is…. to create the idea, manufacture the product, to market and sell the product, and for the consumer to buy it. We all need each other.
I think the best way to illustrate my point about the Rich-man is this: When is the last time you, or anyone you know… was offered a job… by a POOR-man? I believe “everything takes care of itself” when left to SUPPLY and DEMAND. The Consumer DEMANDS, and the Rich-man will SUPPLY.
To conclude this, we should remember that those of us who are blessed with wealth, clearly beyond our need, have a responsibility to share generously with the less fortunate. We should view our wealth as a gift from God, entrusted to us, to carry out His work on earth. 1 John 3:17– If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 1 Timothy 6:17-19- Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.