Jim Price | PentecostalTheology.com
Jesus spoke often about the rich and the poor always saying that the rich should shift more money to the poor. At my listening post of trying to hear what pentecostal preachers are saying about the subject I am hearing nothing. Its as if they are not concerned about how wealth is distributed among the people.
This week Warren Buffett writing in Time Mag. recounts when Forbes first listed the 400 richest people. At the time they had a combined $ 93 billion in wealth, in the last 35 years their wealth has grown 29-fold to $ 2.7 trillion, while millions of working families still have a hard time just getting by.
Buffett puts the average income at $ 59,000 per year per capita. But think about it; how many if any in your congregation make $ 59m or $ 118m per household?
Generally we think that people should tithe no matter how little they make but if we are realistic we recognize that folks will take care of food, housing, clothes and transportation first.
People are touchy where money is discussed but church leaders need to think long and hard about ways to talk about money in ways that we can feel comfortable in doing so.