The rich man was a pretty good guy

at least in his own eyes and probably his family as well. He must have been a repsected member of his community, being rich and all. I can imagine his religious services with the trappings, music and song and yet, I wonder. Did he give thought to the poor man at his gate? Did he stop to consider the people that carried his waste away or the lepers in town. i am sure that as the people came to talk to him about wars and problems he gave attention and maybe money but, there was Lazarus. Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores. It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom. He cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.” But Abraham said, “Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.” So, today, as you wander around thinking you are doing God a favor, have you looked at those who are blessed by God as a matter of fact? Matthew 5, 1-11. Have you considered Matthew 25:31-46 and thought about your heavenly scholastic grade for last week, month, year? Sorry, I have to go, I need to help people.

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