One of the financial things we need to do is provide mercy but feedback. We should not leave a man without shelter and food -- quite hard, given the rents in some of our cities -- and we should not oppress such.
If, like me, you consider that we are heading into a cyclical recession (driven perhaps by the corona virus) then those who are waged need to consider how they will act for those who are not waged.
For the number of unwaged will increase. It is not about showing virtue. It is aboutl helping out.
10 “When you make your neighbour a loan of any sort, you shall not go into his house to collect his pledge. 11 You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you. 12 And if he is a poor man, you shall not sleep in his pledge. 13 You shall restore to him the pledge as the sun sets, that he may sleep in his cloak and bless you. And it shall be righteousness for you before the Lord your God.
14 “You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. 15 You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.
Last week were were walking after a meal back to where we were staying. In the middle of a high fashion street there was queue. Of homeless. Being fed. I am aware that the most disorganized and disabled now find it hard to pay for a boarding house and often end up living in caravan parks, not in well insulated (by regulation) and expensive (as a result of regulation) flats.
A general rule is to see those who do not need wages -- who are wealthy -- as more likely to be oppressors than righteous. The world does reward those who take their ticket.
Be particularly cautious of those who demand partiality, that their problems requirea priority and that they deserve all honour and praise. I find the working poor, who often have great need, don't talk about it. Pay attention to those who are silent.
A gold ring and rich clothing -- in modern terms a sharp suit and good car -- may indicate profound debt and an overwhelming sense of entitlement.
2 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place”, while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there”, or, “Sit down at my feet”, 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonoured the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honourable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”, you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery”, also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgement is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.
I cannot say this enough. The current elite are degenerate, fallen, and their time will end as soon as the economy falters. Do not be them. Do not be like them.