I know almost no one who would say “Yes, I am rich.”
Here’s a fact: the US Census reports that the average income in the USA between 2006-2010 was $52,000. Some of you might read that number and think to yourself, I would be loaded if I had that much. Others would not be able to stay afloat.
Rich is relative.
So how do we decide who are the haves and the have nots? ((But hold up a second…why are we even talking about this? Well, the next section of James is about rich people. Brace yourselves by reading James 5:1-6 ahead of time. He’s let some strong words fly already, and this passage might feel like a flamethrower in the face. James talks about it, so we’re going to talk about it, melting flesh included. Now back to the question…))
Check out this thought-provoking article using recent world stats. Who are the haves and have nots? I think you’ll be able to decide for yourselves. Take note of the comparison between the poor in the USA and the rich in India.
Before we come to hear this teaching from James to the rich it is vital that we make the leap from seeing ourselves as just barely making it America to seeing ourselves as wealthy by world standards. So read the article and let’s discuss: are we rich?