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The Uncharitableness Of Men
By Brian Price 12/29/2013

"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores." - Luke 16:19-21

Dealing with poverty can be very difficult. As we can read here in Luke chapter 16, we see that Lazarus was a very poor individual. Despite the fact that Lazarus was a saved man, the Bible tells us that he lived a very hard life of poverty. Why this man lived in poverty is likely due to the uncharitableness of the rich man. Notice that the Bible says that this particular rich man fared sumptuously everyday. This means that his quality of life was that of great luxury. He had plenty of food and plenty of possessions. It is likely that he had more than he knew what to do with. Lazarus on the other hand was struggling just to find any sort of food to eat. The rich man could have easily given Lazarus something to eat or drink, but instead he chose to horde everything for himself. And this just shows the sort of neighbor he was to Lazarus. Despite the fact that Lazarus was right outside of his gate, he refused to show the slightest bit of sympathy for him. It's a sad story of one that could have been different if this rich man had just a small bit of kindness in his heart for his fellow man. Unfortunately, the worst possible scenario ensued and Lazarus ended up dying likely from starvation. We also see that Lazarus had sores which the dogs came and licked. So it's likely that Lazarus had some sort of disease. It's possible that Lazarus had leprosy since that was a common disease in those days, which perhaps made it even more difficult for the rich man to have any sort of compassion on him. Lazarus was considered an untouchable person. He was despised by this selfish and worthless neighbor of his. Jesus, who told this story, was himself a poor man. The Bible says, "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich," (2 Corinthians 8:9). Unlike the rich man in his parable, the Bible says that Jesus gave up his riches for our sakes that we might be rich. Not many people would do that. And some would find it difficult to extend even a small hand of charity. Most people are not asking for much. Some just want a little bit from others. Just a little bit of kindness, a little bit of charity. But some can't give even that. And that's a sad thing. The good news is that Lazarus was taken to Abraham's bosom and his suffering finally was put to an end. But it stands a testimony to the uncharitable acts of certain people who would rather let their fellow man starve to death than to give up just a few dollars to help their neighbor out.

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