[quote="RedEyeKnight, post:1, topic:270766"]
I was in an intellectual discussion with a man who is an ex-Christian and ex-Muslim and follows his inner spirit. We've had philosophical, scientific, and theoretical discussions before. Yet, he did shine on a certain subject. He brought up the scene where Jesus told the rich man to "give up all your possessions and follow me". With this, he claimed that most Christians are hypocrites who say they follow Christ who put Not of This World stickers on the back of their expensive cars. Also, he expresses his distaste of Republican candidates of the richer socioeconomic classes who claim they are Christian who do not care of their fellow man. I suggested that Christians of higher economic classes should charitably donate to those less fortunate. However, Jesus told him to "give up all your possessions". So are we failing as Christians?
For some, yes. But even diocesan or secular priests are not required to "give up all their possessions."
I agree in part about materialism -- owning for the sake of owning something or many somethings -- the newest of everything when you have a functional item that serves its purpose. What good is having several cars when you can only drive one? Do you need iphone4 if you have a functional iphone? If you are one person who collects expensive cars or has to buy the first and newest -- that's materialism. Not that a family should have only one car for all because that's simply not possible in our society.
And do we give up our possessions when we have family, to their detriment? I would say a father who gives up the family possesions is NOT following his call to his vocation as husband and parent in leaving his family without and without security and is defying God in misplaced understanding of his obligations.
I suggest that Democrats and Republicans who are monied both give to charity. I didn't know that money and "caring" only knows one political party -- only that it's the Republicans who are having their primaries now. Obama has done well -- let's see how much of his money went to charity if he releases tax returns. The Clintons never had a home until AFTER leaving the Presidency -- let's see how much they give in proportion to Clinton's ability to earn money giving speeches.
The sword cuts both ways. The answer is moderation in all things.