Most Christians in the Northern Hemisphere simply do not believe Jesus' teaching about the deadly danger of possessions. Jesus warned that possessions are highly dangerous -- so dangerous, in fact, that it is extremely difficult for a rich person to be a Christian at all.... Christians in the United States live in one of the richest societies in the history of the world, surrounded by a billion desperately needy neighbours and another two billion who are poor. We are far more interested in whether the economy grows than in whether the lot of the poor improves. We insist on more and more, and reason that if Jesus was so unAmerican that he considered riches dangerous, then we must ignore or reinterpret his message.
Christians in an Age of Hunger