What does it mean to be perfect?
In America, the ‘Holy Bible’ is a generally accepted code of morals and ethics.
What does the Bible say about ‘being perfect’?
Love your enemies.
See Matthew 5:48
Jesus commands us to be perfect. Notably, this is in the passage of verses about loving our enemies.
Within historical context of America, the clearest depiction of ‘enemies’ has been through race relations and this has been a consistent and reoccurring issue all throughout the history of our country, even up to the most recent 12 months.
So Jesus is telling people in Matthew Chapter 5, to “be perfect“. To love your enemies. He says, don’t just greet your brothers, but also those who are not related by blood to you or who look like you.
The beginning of the next Chapter (Matthew 6) begins discussing ‘giving to the needy’. That’s no coincidence. We see why later in Matthew 19.
Sell EVERYTHING, and Give to the poor.
Jesus later provides Matthew with more details on HOW to be perfect.
‘Loving enemies’ and ‘greeting brothers’ is soft and intangible.
Clear instructions in Chapter 19, verse 21 of Matthew.
Sell all you have, give it to be used by the poor, and follow Christ.
Everyone else who chooses to do otherwise is imperfect.
10% of the 120M US households own 76% of the wealth. The bottom 50% own 9% of the national wealth.
This is not a stable structure, and most certainly not what Jesus commanded His followers to do if they aim for perfection.
Large inheritances are Biblically wrong, unethical, immoral, just plain greedy, and/or representative of poor estate planning. We have to explore alternative models.
Aim for perfection.
Adopt an economic development model that coincidentally aligns with a Jesus-like level of perfection.
This won’t resonate with everybody. But it might be meaningful to you, if you seek a level of perfection as defined by an American standard for morals, ethics, and conduct – the ‘Holy Bible’.
Does Jesus want you to be rich?
Notably, you have to have something to sell, before you can sell anything and give it away. In this scripture, Jesus was speaking to a rich man. This scripture verse is not immediately applicable to poor people.
If you have nothing to sell, then your first goal needs to be get OUT of the economically disadvantaged status.
We review historical analysis of major publicly traded markets, and we review personal financial plans – such as exploring the utility of the 401k plan – to be informed on the various scenarios and environments that have contributed to people being able to acquire wealth WITHIN a life time.
Investors are then able to use their knowledge of historical trends, and independently elect to apply that knowledge as they choose in their daily life.
Yes, developing wealth within your lifetime is most certainly what Jesus wants you to do. But it doesn’t stop there.
What He is saying in Matthew 19:21, is if you’re able to attain a high net worth within your lifetime, give it all back to the poor.
Proposed: A national program to close the wealth gap.
Presently, there is no national program or structure in America to facilitate implementation of Matthew 19:21, much less an incentive to use that structure if it existed.
Making large donations to a big local or national nonprofit is not giving to the poor. Earmarking dollars from one’s estate for a scholarship fund, is not giving to the poor.
We describe and review a structure for a national economic development program, that indeed provides opportunity for you to direct your wealth TO the poor. We review a financial plan, that rests on the principles of philanthropic investment strategy, and advocates for constructive methodologies to give to the poor.
Ask yourself: Am I personally willing to conceptualize, or rally behind a model that works, in the 21st century, for wealth distribution, in a feasible, responsible, ethical, manner, that simultaneously provides a reasonable level of security for my heirs?
Get a strategy on how to implement Matthew 19:21 in the 21st century.