Back in January of this year, Ken Griffin, billionaire investor and hedge fund manager, bought a New York City Penthouse overlooking Central Park for $238 million, the most ever paid in the US for a single home. I immediately started seeing articles appear that condemned this as wasteful, excessive, and unfair with tones of jealousy, envy and resentment. Then comments started to appear on redistribution… especially redistribution of wealth.
I often see this babble of opinion whenever the names of Walton’s and WalMart, Jeff Bezos and Amazon, or Goggle, Apple, Warren Buffett (net worth $85 billion and third richest person in the world), Bill Gates and Microsoft and dozens of other such entrepreneurs. It is as though their hard work, wits and wisdom are illegal. I think it is pure jealousy, envy and completely unfair to these individuals to suggest they become involved in redistribution. A person can have all they earn in a capitalistic economy and it is unfair to think that a person’s wealth belongs to the rest of society. It should be the choice of the wealthy (or anyone else) to whom or what they give or do not give or distribute or not distribute. Why would one suppose they are entitled to what is not theirs and belongs to some one else? The answer is not redistribution but learning and practicing Kingdom giving and receiving.
“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” Jesus