In Part 1 we considered scientific research showing that wealth and upper class lifestyles often have negative impacts on a person’s brain in the areas of honesty and compassion. Such research supports Christ’s statement that, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”1
Both scripture and science expose a potentially negative correlation between wealth and Christ-likeness. But God loves everybody, including the wealthy, so He must have a solution for this “rich mind” problem, and He does.
God invites us to, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who … made Himself of no reputation . . . and humbled Himself.”2
He also says, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be high-minded, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”3
Yes, there is a God-prescribed cure for high-mindedness. Are we willing to trust wholly in Him, to give generously and humble ourselves, in order to be healed?
Julian Archer is the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed! and writes from Toowoomba, Queensland.
- Mark 10:25
- Philippians 2:5-8
- 1 Timothy 6:17-18