“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God,” says Jesus.
I have often reacted to that passage thinking: Wow! That should keep every Christian I know up at night with worry!
But then it dawned on me: Why am I going to a “church” full of rich people? I mean, since I don’t see camels passing through the eyes of any needles, why am I expecting to see all THESE PEOPLE in the Age to Come?
What makes me think I will inherit life in the Age to Come?
I learned nearly everything I know from all these rich people whose entry into the Kingdom of God is harder than passing a camel through the eye of a needle. Like the rich man who asked Jesus how he might inherit eternal life in the Age to Come, who when told to sell all he owns, give it to the poor, count his treasures in heaven and come follow, who instead turned away from Jesus, thus prompting this hard teaching, so have all these rich people turned away as well (and I their disciple with them).
The early church, at least the one in Jerusalem, took either this teaching, or some teaching very much like it, to heart. They sold all their property and gave their wealth to the church so that none of the poor among them lacked anything.
That’s a church I just have never seen.
What do you think street homeless people would do with a church like that?
I have a funny feeling my street homeless friends would take to a church like that like a duck takes to water. In fact, I bet they would take to a church like that like all those needy thronging mobs and multitudes took to following Jesus on all those dusty Galilean trails.
I think I want in on that.
How about you?