I used to somewhat appreciate having a cup of coffee and scanning the daily headlines to see what is up in the world. I simply cannot do this anymore without either getting angry or borderline depressed. There are just far too many things happening in all corners of this planet that are obnoxious, repugnant, stupid, evil, self-serving, ugly, worthless and downright scary for me to waste my time trying to understand them. This world, as it always has been, is not a pleasant place because it is controlled by people, corporations and agendas which have one goal in mind; to obtain the wealth and the power that goes with it.
It has been said that if you want to find the source of a problem, follow the money. Studies have been done that reveal the unbelievable things people are willing to do for money. I recall one study that showed MANY parents are more than willing to sell their own children for the right price. Another study revealed many people have no problem with selling themselves, their body parts and their bodies if the price is right. Since when did money become more important than children, personal integrity, kidneys etc?
The root cause of the evil in this world is not just money, but the love of money and the power it can buy. An old saying goes; whatever you love, you want more of. May I add that whatever you love, you cannot get enough of and cannot live without. When a person falls in love with making money, having money, spending money and basking in the celebrity status those with money have; they have crossed the line from being deceived to being actively evil and spiritually bankrupt.
Make no mistake about it; money, and specifically the love of it, is the root from which grows all kinds of evil in every category. Once a person sells out to making money they have signed a deal with the devil, for he has become their agent. In return, the devil will let a person enjoy the pleasures of wealth for a season before discarding them when he is done with them. The world is full of the carcasses of empty people who turned their back on themselves, their families, their churches and their God to follow the allure of worldly riches, only to end their lives financially broke and spiritually broken.
It has been said that if you want to know how a person really feels about God in their heart, look at how they feel about money. There is no room in a person's heart to love and serve both God and mammon. If a person's life revolves around and is directed by things relating to money, there is no time or place for genuine service to God and the ability to manifest compassion for others in need.
The burning desire to make, have and spend and accumulate money is insidious and disastrous for anyone who craves to love God and His people. Loving money and loving God do not mix. In fact, when combined, money will always win out. When money becomes more important than God it has become a person's god. When money has become a person's god, they are held securely in the grasp of idolatry.
Christians have this mistaken belief that they are not guilty of loving money because they still attend church on occasion, give a little to the church and work only to support their family . This is all well and good, but what happens if these things become nothing more than an outward show of religious piety instead of the manifestation of a heart devoted to God and doing what He says to do?
As we hurtle toward the conclusion of this long study on covetousness, greed, and the love of money, I pray we all spend the time needed to make sure we have not allowed mammon to become the god we serve. I pray we make sure that the need for or love of money has not usurped the passion to please and love of God as the most important things in our lives.
[quote]I pray we all spend the time needed to make sure we have not allowed mammon to become the god we serve. I pray we make sure that the need for or love of money has not usurped the passion to please and love of God as the most important things in our lives.[/quote]
I believe this is something we all need to do, over and over and over again for as long as we live in this world. Why? Because this insidious thing can attempt to creep in and gain a foothold in our life when we least expect it.