|Is It Wrong to Be a Cultured Individual?
Is it wrong to be a cultured individual? Is it wrong - is it extravagant - to purchase quality things? Some people pride themselves on lack of culture and good breeding. They actually brag, "We're just poor folks." They spurn good-quality merchandise, saying, "That's too rich for my blood." They shop for bargain prices, condemning better quality as "extravagance." They accuse a well-dressed person of being "stuck-up." Does God love the poor and hate the rich? People speak of "God's poor." Must one be poor economically, ignorant educationally, uncouth socially, in order to please God? It's true Jesus said, "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:23). But He also clarified His statement by adding:
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