145. Don’t Fear Fat Cats

Psalms 49:16 NKJV  Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

 Believe it or not; some people are afraid of wealth.  Others fear wealthy people.  The clinical name for this phobia is plutophobia.  Plutophobia is named after the Greek god Pluto who according to Greek mythology was the god of the underworld and riches.

You may not find yourself in terror of wealthy people but you don’t have to be intimidated by them either.  There may be a certain amount of power or influence that people with wealth seemingly attain or exercise over others.  We often see this “weight” thrown around in the political sphere using money to influence legislation or acquire contracts/business.  This is where the term “fat cats” came from.

I’ve spoken to a number of people over the years that love God, love people and are active in churches but have resigned from paying much if any attention to things going on in the world, the nation or in their local communities.  They’ve become resigned towards much of what goes on around them because they believe the rich and powerful are controlling everything.  In reality they’ve allowed themselves to feel powerless ascribed more power to others and resigned to just live in the shadows and take whatever comes their way.

Sometimes this shows itself in other ways like sharing ones faith.  Many people are quick to share their faith with average Joes, blue collar workers, or the homeless, but what about the corporate lawyer, politician, well to do client, or others that are people of financial substance.  It may be an issue of proximity and access for many, still for others even simply extending an offer to visit their church isn’t done because they are intimidated by the person’s money.  This is wrong friends.  The wealthy need Jesus too.

Paul writing to Timothy told him to command the wealthy in his congregation to be generous and to maintain the right attitude toward money and not put their confidence and trust in it.  Psalm 49:16-18 reminds us that we won’t be taking our possessions with us.  Neither will the wealthy of this world be taking their riches with them.  We are called to represent the Lord Jesus and share the glorious Gospel with everyone the poor and the rich.  Furthermore we are to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.  Don’t be intimidated by political fat cats.  Respectfully write them.  Pray for them.  If you have an opportunity, share Christ with them.

At the end of the day the wealthy are just people.  Don’t fear those with riches.  They needed a savior just the same as you.

 Hebrews 13:6 NKJV  So we may boldly say: “THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT FEAR. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?”

 So stand up and speak the Truth no matter what.  Speak up for those without a voice.  Defend the defenseless.  Preach the Gospel to everyone.  Fear not!

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