Sorry GOPtruther, but you missed a few things when reading the bible. First, Jesus did in fact "hang" with the rich--do you recall Lazarus??? He was VERY RICH. In fact, Jesus considered him one of his closest friends, so when he died, Mary and Margaret's grief was so great and that of Jesus' that Jesus called forth Lazarus from death and made him live. the 12 apostles that traveled with Jesus-did you know that at least 5 of them were "rich"? I suggest before you "cherry pick" what you "like" about the life of Jesus, you read EVERYTHING. Yes, Jesus preached to "help the poor", but no where did he "MANDATE/FORCE" that choice as he knew that it would be Communism to do that and he wanted no part of that. Charity must be chosen,not dictated.