What is greed ?
Acts 20.35 : "I have shown you in every way that it is in working thus that you must support the weak, and remember the words of the Lord, who said himself: It is more blessed to give than 'to receive."
Definition : greed is the accumulation of wealth and wealth without the intention of spending it one day.
Competition-based society puts us under pressure to earn more and more, but humanly the value of a person does not boil down to their production capacity. Anyone with dignity and can give is the compassion of the person in difficulties. The Word warns us particularly against greed, which God calls idolatry.
James 1.25 : "But whoever looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and dwells therein, not by listening to forget, but by putting into practice, by doing this one, will be happy in his practice itself."
We all have a few things to give, even the poorest. The richness is above all that of the heart, the compassion implies that one is realistic. The orphans, the destitute, the refugees, the persecuted Christians whose dignity does not impose itself, God takes them under his wings and asks his people to imitate him. Jesus himself identifies with the youngest of his brothers. That is why God who is righteous stands as a defender of the victims of injustice, so he asks us to practice justice.
Micah 6: 6 "You have been made known, O man, what is good, and what the LORD asks of you, that you practice righteousness, that you love mercy, and that you walk humbly with your God."
From the Biblical point of view, societal positions should not be dictated by the law in numbers, power, party spirit, or selfish profits, but by a sense of equity. Non-assistance to the poor and foreigners is on the same level as theft or lies. Because God is righteous, loving and compassionate, our compassion and solidarity for the poorest should be the spearhead of human relationships for all men.
1 Samuel 26.22 : "And David said, Behold, the spear of the king, let one of your men come and take it, and the LORD will give every one according to his righteousness and his faithfulness..."
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor," but also, "Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness." Faith in action is God's dependence every day, seeking his will in all circumstances. We can not serve two masters: God or the love of riches, we must choose. To respect the dignity of the poor is to give them the means to live, but also to discover their capacity to give is faith in action. "Give, and you will give" (Luke 6:38).
Matthew 6.2: "So when you make a gift to someone, do not sound the trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do."
Conclusion : God wants to give us a heart willing to generosity. Communion with the Lord brings justice, it is a powerful encouragement. All Christians, under the grace of the mission to use what he received with equity. Conversely, if we are selfish, how can the love of God dwell in us?
Charity can communicate the gospel, so these two things are inseparable. Before all, the believer wants to share the heavenly riches he possesses. Not only is the generosity done with the heart the true wealth but it contributes to the needs of the brothers and sisters, it expresses the true love that is untiringly taught to us by the Master.
Psalm 89.14: "Righteousness and equity are the foundation of your throne, goodness and faithfulness are before your face." Amen!