"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:20-30 Christ's admonition is not so much about possessions and money. He is not saying that they are evil in and of themselves but rather that the rich man has trouble achieving salvation because he loves his money and possessions so much. So when Jesus calls on him to give away his possessions He is not advocating progressive taxation, economic, gender, and environmental justice or any other envy-based socialist redistributionist schemes but rather He is warning the rich man that his worship of wealth has drawn his eyes away from God.
The rich man's refusal to share is evidence of what he values more than anything else....even the kingdom of God.
Properly understood, Matthew 19: 20-30 is about pride of life, which denotes covetousness of all that is worth boasting of together with an insolent and vain assurance in oneâ€™s own resources residing in the foolish idea of the stability of earthly things and worldly knowledge when in reality the world and all in it is passing away. Satan tried this temptation on Jesus Christ by setting Him atop the temple pinnacle so that in spiritual pride, covetousness and ambition He would fall. But of course He did not fall and instead warned:
"Take heed, and beware of covetousness for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).
Luke 12:15 introduces His parable of the rich man whom God called a fool,
"So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Scripture equates pride with idolatry and covetousness (Exodus 20:17) and in 1 John 2:16 breaks it down into three main categoriesâ€“ pride of life, of flesh, and of eyes:
â€œFor all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.â€ KJ
In modern terms, Jesus might well be warning contemporary theologians whose over-riding ambition is to make a name for themselves, or the vast numbers of self-described Christians whose personal opinions and feelings must come first or else, or America's elitist progressive bipartisan (Republican & Democrat) ruling class whose worship of self, prestige, wealth and power top all other considerations to surrender their ambitions, vain conceits and temporal power or face Gods wrath.
Or He might very well be warning America's enormously wealthy flesh-peddlers (pornographers) and worshippers of libidinous gratification through promiscuity, sodomy, decadence, man-boy sex, lesbianism, and perverted gratification with babies, children and animals to surrender their perverse desires, to exercise self-control and seek God before its too late:
"A school district in Maine is apologizing after middle school students learned about homosexual foreplay during what was supposed to be a â€œDiversity Dayâ€ presentation....â€œThey were talking about sex and if you didnâ€™t have a condom â€“ saran wrap could be used in place of a dental dam,â€ ("School Children Taught About Gay Foreplay, Saran Wrap," Todd Starnes, FoxNews.com)
And He might just be warning America's various mass-consumption 'black Friday' cults---the worshippers of drugs, fun and parties, technology, sports, bling, beauty and body---as well as modern parents who indulge their children, allowing them to treat their parents and community with blatant contempt. Not only do they refuse to discipline their children, but they refuse to allow anyone else to correct them. This classifies them as child worshippers.
Pride (idolatry) is the root of all other vices said St Augustine:
"Pride turned Lucifer into Satan and banned him eternally from heaven. This vice is no slight evil. It makes those infected with it refuse to bow their necks to the yoke of Christ while they harness themselves all the more tightly to the bondage of sin." Pride, "causes the soul to rebel against God and wander off into the darkness. It was because of this vice of pride that the Lord came to us in humility." Commentary on Psalm 18:2,15
On election day approximately half of America was deeply saddened, shattered, shocked and utterly depressed while the other half was elated by the thought of free gas, free oil, free electricity, free phones, free housing, free food, free education, free dental and health care including abortion and sex-change operations, and a whole host of "new" unconstitutional "rights" and "privileges."
The re-election of Obama declared the triumph of progressive socialist corrupters and their self-centered parasites--masses of terrible infants in adult-size bodies characterized by pride (idolatry), covetousness, envy, lying, moral relativism, promiscuity and sodomy--- over America's traditional Biblically-grounded order characterized by moral discipline together with self-control, humility and civility; the God-given right to life, the rights of morally-informed conscience, and the God-endowed rights of the natural family to marry, raise a family, attend church and protect and defend life, tradition and order:
"Communities need order, order needs discipline, and discipline needs self-restraint reinforced by punishment of failure, with those charged with punishing transgressors protected from retaliation by their victims. A self-evident truth." (Phillip Atkinson, The Crumbling Of Order, 2000)
Over fifty years ago Socialists, Marxist Communists, Progressive Liberals and other seculars dedicated to an agenda of evil began implementing a diabolically conceived process to bring about the corruption of Americansâ€”especially Christians over and across the entire denominational spectrum:
â€œWe have battled since the centuryâ€™s turn to bring to nothingâ€¦all Christian influences and we are succeeding. You must work until officials of city, county, and state will not think twice before they pounce upon religious groups as public enemies. (There must) be aâ€¦foaming hatred of religionâ€¦a belief that Christian practice is vicious, bad, insanity causing, publicly hated and intolerable.â€ (Red Communist Textbook on Psychopolitics)
Early conservative intellectual Anthony Harrigan lashed out at America's highly placed, vastly influential legion of corrupters for deliberately fostering a code of â€œimmorality.â€ Through media and other mind-shaping venues Americaâ€™s corrupt ruling class are forcing,
â€œâ€¦the acceptance of pornography as medical science, filth as artistic realism, and abnormality as a mere difference of opinionâ€¦Americans are in the hands of a cultural ruling class which, having led to destruction the humane elements in our civilization, is conducting us to ruin.â€ They seek to create liberal-bred barbarians â€œmotivated by a destructive impulseâ€ and unchecked by â€œtraditional values and restraints.â€ (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, p. 40)
The triumph of the corrupters is clearly seen by the vast numbers of morally deformed, narcissistic Americans including large numbers of Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, mainline Protestant and Evangelical Christians unchecked by traditional values and restraints.
When widespread narcissism (self-worship) prevails over and across society there is always an unsightly, degenerate climate marked by self-indulgence, rebellious acting-out, and society-wide lying, rudeness, cheating and deception draining into suspicion, dark fantasies, mental illness, paranoia, psychological bullying and physical abuse. There is also permissiveness, shameless exhibitionism, and unhealthy appetites for 'juicy gossip,' the lurid, sensational, and sadistically de-humanizing. Adding to this spiritual and cultural rot is sexual anarchy, decadence, freakish minimalization of differences between the two sexes, whining, emotionalism punctuated by outbursts of uncontrollable rage, and â€œmotherâ€ religion, meaning that God is all loving, forgiving and understanding. All roads lead to the mother-god who is never heard to say "thou shalt not" but go right ahead if its' what you want and it makes you feel good.
Scripture combines pride with covetousness and selfishness into a single concept---envy---a manifestation of idolatry of self, a narcissist who thinks and speaks in terms of what is fair and not fair and whose constant companion is hatred toward and rejection of any and all authority and restraints such as eternally unchanging truths, moral absolutes, sexual ethics, discipline, personal accountability, commitment, fidelity, monogamy, self-control, and work ethics.
America's idolatrous classes are a relentless army of rapacious parasites---the 'elite' ruling class and its' dream constituency, the masses of dependent terrible infants---living off the host, or remnant of unselfish, law-abiding, procreative, hard-working, conscientious citizens.
Any move to dislodge the parasites is immediately denounced as hateful, bigoted, unfeeling, selfish, intolerant, insane, mean-spirited, unfair, socially unjust, and reactionary. All attempts by the host to rid itself of the voracious parasites are defined and outlawed as hate speech and hate crime....acts of aggression, hostility, alienation and fascism, the goal of which is to deprive parasites of their "new" rights and privileges, which in fact are unconstitutional but this does not matter since idolatry of self denotes hatred of truth and reality.
Being destitute of the truth, the idolatrous are often vicious and even murderous in their pursuit of self-gratification ....even when it means death of the host. Thus when the vices of pride and covetousness triumph, bringing with them all other vices, the fall of civilization is assured--as soon as self-absorbed parasites have drained the last drop of life out of the host in pursuit of laying up treasures here on earth rather than seeking first the "kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:20, 25, 33).
Now we know why it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the idolatrous to enter the kingdom of God.