|Mercy Street Church of Christ
The sin of Dives...
We are all tempted to use the enormous complexity of
international economies as an excuse to do nothing. Yet
this was the sin of Dives. There is no suggestion that
Dives was responsible for the poverty of Lazarus either by
robbing or by exploiting him. The reason for Dives's guilt
is that he ignored the beggar at his gate and did precisely
nothing to relieve his destitution. He acquiesced in a
situation of gross economic inequality, which had rendered Lazarus less than fully human and which he could have relieved. The pariah dogs that licked Lazarus's sores showed more compassion than Dives did. Dives went to hell because of his indifference.
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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