Featured in the May, 2009 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
You are. I am. Economists say 60%. But polls show 90% of us say we are Middle Class.
We are comfortably housed, own a car, are insured, have T.V. and an assortment of appliances. We know we are Middle Class and that the fellow who makes $5 more per hour is Upper Class. Then we open our Bibles…
Was the nomadic, tent dwelling Abraham middle class? Or Moses wandering in the bleak Sinai peninsula? What about Daniel the slave in Babylon? Would “silver and gold have I none” Peter (Acts 3:6) qualify? How about “no certain dwelling place” Paul (I Corinthians 4:11) who appeared to be a drifter in the Roman world?
These and others who were notable people did not have houses or condos, cars or designer jeans. They were strangers to the basic necessities: electricity, central heating and indoor plumbing. Neither did they have health or life insurance!
They were well traveled, educated people who made major contributions to the human race but they certainly were not middle class.
What about Jesus? Born in a barn (Luke 2:7), raised by peasants (Luke 2:51), owned no house (Matthew 8:20), had only the clothes on his back (Matthew 27:35) and was buried in the tomb of a secret friend (Matthew 27:57-60). Middle Class? Hardly.
Could it be that what class you are or think you are or strive to be doesn’t make that much difference? Is it possible that we are more concerned about how we compare with others than how we compare to Christ? Do we think social distinctions are more important than spiritual distinctions?
Some sociologists describe three classes: upper, middle and lower. Others speak of five: upper, upper-middle, middle, lower-middle and lower. The Bible has only two classes: saved and lost.
The spiritual is more important than the social. All economic and social distinctions are temporary. Spiritual distinctions become eternal. Lost people who stay lost have no hope of heaven. But lost people can get saved and be assured of “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Jesus came not simply to demonstrate a better way of life, but to give us eternal life. He said, “The Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Without Christ we are all lost. But, as Paul the Apostle says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and will be saved” (Acts 16:30).
This is what Christianity is all about, getting lost people saved. Nobody can buy salvation, inherit it, earn it or merit it in any way. It is always a gift from God. As the Scripture puts it, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
Being middle class here doesn’t give you any class in eternity. Being comfortable in this life does not guarantee heaven in the next. Everyone must personally repent and definitely receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.