Christians Generally Do Not Come From The higher Strata Of Society

God is a loving God who wants all people to be saved and therefore provides a way for that to happen if humans will only believe in Jesus Christ and submit to Him. However,those humans who are educated, famous, or powerful are less likely to become Christians. Poor people, drug addicts, and those despised by the world are more likely to become true believers:

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. (I Corinthians 1:26 NIV)

Paul says here quite clearly that “not many” from the top rungs of society are saved. He does not say “not any,” for he himself had been given a top quality religious education. Some of you might argue with Paul’s statement here. You might claim that you know more well off people than poor people who are saved. I have two responses to this criticism:

1. There are a lot of rich people who pretend to be saved who are not. Rich people tend to be hypocrites, and in America cultural Christianity is still fairly popular. So a lot of rich people pretend to believe in Jesus, but they have not really submitted to him.

2. There are a lot of well-to-do people who acquired their money or standing in society after they were saved. They started life without much, but they acquired a degree of wealth because their Christian principles transformed them into the kind of trustworthy, wise people who have a good work ethic and are good at managing money. Also, some of these Christians, after they have been saved, have managed to remain humble and carefully, lovingly, raised up another generation of believers in their families who are both devoted to God and have relatively good economic prospects. This is possible by God’s grace as long as they remain extremely humble and do not take any credit for their own success, whether it be spiritual or economic success.

But economic success for Christians is certainly not guaranteed. There are still many parts of the world where the most fervent believers are extremely poor in economic wealth, yet rich spiritually.

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