Most of us are concerned about just making enough money to pay our bills. By contrast, there are some people in this world that are really, really rich. I have seen stats in the past that show that almost 40% of all wealth in the US is in the hands of the top 1% of wealthy people. So here is my question to you: What would you do if you were rich? I don’t mean kinda rich, I mean 8-to-9-figures rich. How would you (as a righteous citizen of Zion) handle or distribute your fabulous wealth? What could you do with that resource to actually make the world a better place?
The scriptures are replete with condemnations of the improper use of and obsession with obtaining riches. The essays in Nibley’s Approaching Zion explore these verses in painful detail. Jacob tells us obtaining riches is acceptable but with caveats:
And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good-to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted. (Jacob 2:19)
So those righteous reasons to seek and obtain riches seem pretty straight forward in principle, but details are less clear. Exactly how should one clothe the naked, liberate captives, and administer to the sick and afflicted with their excess dough? If you want to keep consecration covenants and you make 10 million dollars per year do you take what you need and give the rest to fast offering? Do you divvy those millions up between the various lines on the tithing slip or do you find other methods outside of the Church to consecrate your wealth?
What do you think the best approach would be if fabulous wealth was your lot? What would you do to help the world?