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Camels and Needles

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)

"If your family income is $10,000 a year, you are wealthier than 84 percent of the world. If it's $50,000 or more a year, you make more than 99 percent of the world."


How then can any American citizen, even those we consider to be living in poverty, be with God in the afterlife?

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Psalm 51:15-17

Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.


Jesus taught that lesson multiple times.
It is why the widow giving her last penny was of great value,
and the rich mans bucket of silver was viewed as lacking.
She gave every thing she had because her heart was right.
God wants your heart, nothing less.

Note: Ozz is a terrible example HUGE work in progress.

"You only live free if your willing to die free."

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thanks Ozz

We're all works in progress. Some of us know it, some of us don't.

Good to know that you know it! It definitely means you're on the right path.

Keep up the good work.

I'm a big work in progress, too.

He's the man.
Michael Nystrom's picture


Good question.

I was just thinking about life in the city today. You make eye contact with about 1 in every 50 people you pass on the street. Today I took a walk out in the snowstorm. The solitary passerby's I met did not greet me, did not make eye contact, did not say hello. Some did not even respond when I said hello.

Rich as we are, most people in the cities are so lost. They don't know the meaning of love, or grace, or presence.

How indeed will they make it into the kingdom of heaven? Most of them live in a form of hell, and don't even know it.

He's the man.


What I meant actually was more along the lines of actual human suffering. If you really think about it our poor in America are really not so poor if you include some people in Africa or India who live on pennies per day literally starving to death. Even me writing this comment on my laptop which cost over $1,000 is incredibly self indulging and completely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. I guess what I'm saying is, nobody really believes or takes seriously the message of Jesus Christ. We go on with our day literally living in luxury (even if it doesn't appear so compared to our equally wealthy neighbors) as children in other countries are dying of treatable diseases and starving to death.

I feel that not a single one of us is the kind of person Jesus wants us to be, we are selfish and either don't realize it, or just don't care. And I'm not sure which is worse.

I might go as far as to say that American Christians are plain hypocrites.

Hypocrites? Actually Christians (American or otherwise)

are miserable sinners (Mark 2:15-17). Yeah I'd like to be a good Samaritan but there are days when I'm unwilling to help someone with a stalled car. Why? Because the sin of rationalization tells me that they should be ok since everyone has a cell phone anyway. That means my mind conforms more to this culture than to God's ways. We are reaping the weeds of 100 years of government schooling which predictably became hostile to God's Word.

Hello Michael!!

=) Hello!

Michael, sadly, I think people on the street are afraid of each other, especially in the cities. I'm in a very rural area and have noticed people are ignoring each other more and more here too... more in the stores than on the streets. Maybe it's the training we receive on TV and Movies? Maybe it's the nightly bad news? I think people are being trained into isolation.

Surprises me when driving through rural Missouri strangers in oncoming vehicles still wave as if I were their neighbor!

Michael Nystrom's picture

I used to drive a VW bus

There was a secret club that I never knew about until I got it. Everyone driving one waves to each other when we pass on the street.

It was pretty awesome.

These days I drive a beat up old Nissan Sentra. Sentra drivers don't wave to one another.

I think people are being trained into isolation.

I think you're right. We're being trained to be afraid of one another.

He's the man.

People with Ron Paul bumper stickers wave at each other!


You were in the first video I watched about Ron Paul. Touched my heart and helped pry my eyes open.

Yep, fear is a powerful isolator. But a genuine smile (or cheerful wave) with loving spirit is even more powerful.

Keep waving! xoxox

That's what really struck my about Hungry for Change.

The gal in the cubicle/elevator was so isolated. She was always shown to be so alone, even toward the end when she was getting healthy and happier. Eventually she was shown to be actively stepping out of isolation, which was brilliant. Makes me want to see a sequel. :)

Michael Nystrom's picture

The crickets on this thread are unusually loud, lol

Though it is nice to see all the upvotes my comment got.

I was thinking about this thread on my walk today, and this song, from probably my single favorite album of all time - ELO's Time (1981) - came to mind. The title is Is This The Way Life's Meant To Be.


Well, I came a long way to be here today
And I left you so long on this avenue
And here I stand in the strangest land
Not knowing what to say or do
As I gaze around at these strangers in town
I guess the only stranger is me
And I wonder (yes, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (oh, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

Although it's only a day since I was taken away
And left standing here looking in wonder
(It's your life, it's your life)
Ah, the ground at my feet, maybe it's just the old street
But everything that I know lies under
(It's your life, it's your life)
And when I see what they've done
To this place that was home
Shame is all that I feel
Oh, and I wonder (oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

Too late, too late to cry
The people say
Too late for you, too late for me
You've come so far, now you know everything my friend
Look and see the wonders of our world...
And I wonder (oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (yes, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

As I wander around this wreck of a town
Where people never speak aloud
With its ivory towers and its plastic flowers
I wish I was back in 1981
Just to see your face instead of this place
Now I know what you mean to me
And I wonder (oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (yes, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

And I wonder (oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder
Is this the way life's meant to be?
Ooohh, I wonder
Oh, I wonder, wonder, wonder
Is this the way life's meant to be?

Oh, is this the way life's meant to be?

Mmmmm, is this the way life's meant to be?

I wanna know now
Is this the way life's meant to be?

He's the man.