Category Archives: Theodicy

Our God is a Consuming Fire (and that’s good) Hebrews 12:29; Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6

A different Take on the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19:11-27

All Hail King Jesus! The King Who Was, Is & Will Be

Unexpected, Radical, Costly Love. Luke 19:1-10

A Sure Foundation: Jesus is GodJohn 1:1-5

You Meant it for Evil, But God Used it for Good: An Overview of Genesis chapters 37-50 — the life of Joseph

Scandals, Forgiveness, Faith & Gratitude: Luke17:1-19

Don’t Wait Until it is Too Late

Depending on how a person got that way, there may be nothing wrong with being rich. Some people got rich without meaning to. Rick Warren wrote a book. It sold a zillion copies, and he was rich. (As a result, Rick and Kay decided to give 90% of their income to charity and stop taking a salary from the church.)

Most of us think of rich in terms of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. But, most people in the United States are rich by world standards.

Albert Switzer was asked why he left his music and medical practice in Great Britain to be a medical missionary in Africa. He replied that almost everyone living in the United Kingdom was Dives (Dives is really not a name; it is derived from the Latin for “rich” in the Vulgate translation of Luke 16), but out in (what were in those days British) colonies, Lazarus languishes in misery.

We are the rich man.

Lazarus is all around us.

He lives in every impoverished area around the world. He is in all our cities and in pockets of suburbia as well. He lives in virtually every small town. You need not go to Africa to find him. He is next door.

But there is a gate between Lazarus and us.

The rich man in Jesus’ parable never noticed Lazarus until it was too late.

Even in Hades, he acted as if Lazarus was beneath him. He talks to Abraham about himself but never apologizes to Lazarus.

The dogs noticed Lazarus and had compassion on him – they licked his wounds.

Many of us live in bubbles. Suburban dwellers see only fellow suburbanites of similar socio-economic standing. City dwellers see only those in their high-end flats and condos.

Politicians don’t care about Lazarus. Lazarus doesn’t vote.

We don’t even notice Lazarus.

Until it is too late.

What does the Lord require of you? To do justly; love mercy; walk humbly.

In that you have done it to the least of these Jesus’ siblings, you have done it to Him.

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Jacob’s Story. Genesis chapters 23-32

Almost All of us are Dives. Lazarus is Right Outside the Gate. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Luke 16:14-31

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