I saw a show on TV a while ago about the world’s most amazing private yachts. There was one yacht owned by a wealthy older gentleman and his wife from Idaho. The boat was huge with many servants on it. This kind of thing sometimes offends poorer folk when they think of “servants” catering to the whims of the rich people. However, the rich dude is giving them gainful employment, and they get to sail all over the world on a beautiful yacht. I think where the sin comes in, and the only place where offense should really be taken, is when the rich man starts thinking and acting like he is superior to the servants in any way. He was lucky to get rich, whether by circumstances or talents (it’s not always hard work, plenty of people work hard but never get rich) and he is no better, in God’s eyes or the masses, than the servants in his employ.
I personally would never want servants to do things I can do for myself. It would feel wrong to me to “put myself above” them or “above” their work. No problem hiring someone to do things I cannot do or haven’t acquired the skills to do. If I were rich I would only have people in my employ to give them work they would otherwise not get or for companionship. I would have to always look upon them as equals, even if they don’t have as much money as myself. Money, or the ability to earn it, is only one of thousands upon thousands of noble attributes, skills and talents God blesses His children with. The poor plumber or auto mechanic should not be looked down upon by the rich banker or stock broker. They should both respect each other equally for their variety of skills that complement the human race.
What people, especially the poor, don’t realize is that arrogance goes both ways. For every rich person who despises the poor there are many more poor who despise the rich—thinking they are better than the rich because of their sacrifice of wealth for their particular skills and talents, or because they feel they weren’t as “lucky” as the rich. We have all been blessed differently. If one set of talents or circumstances lends itself to more money in this brief mortal existence, so what! Money does nothing for happiness. True happiness comes from being grateful for the talents and circumstances you have and from looking at all humankind as equals and doing your best to lift others to your understanding and blessings.