Re: Verse reading–Luke 16:19-31 (day one)
“There was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with crumbs.”–v 19-21.
Some read these vivid words from Jesus as a general condemnation of rich people and a promise of universal blessing to the poor in the coming age. In a “class struggle” (Marxist view of history), God will side with the oppressed. So the narrative goes.
Others hear a more nuanced message aimed at the heart of every man. The man was not condemned because he was rich, but because he was extravagantly rich AND extravagantly unconcerned. (Lazarus was no stranger. The rich man saw him every day, or should have)
Do you think Heaven notices how we spend money? Is it a damnable crime to not care? Jesus thought so.