But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:17-18
I have the world’s goods. I and my spouse are teachers. We both have PhD’s in our fields. We are veterans (over 60 years teaching between us), and we make a very good living. Not millionaires, but secure. I am grateful. And what about love? Is there any notion of love in me? This same epistle says that Love = God. God = Love.
If I close my heart to the poor = no love. No love = no God. Isn’t it a good thing for us to have a government organization that helps us, collectively, take care of the poor? Taxes, then, can very well be one way (not the only) that I, who have the world’s goods) see my brother and sister in need, and open my heart to them. Closed heart = no love. No love = no God. Closed heart to the poor = no connection with God.