Going, Going, Gone

Black Friday.  Sounds ominous and foreboding.  And, if you have ever been brave enough to wade out into the teeming mass of materialistic early morning shoppers, you know that it is a full contact event.  This is the day that the retailers rake in the big bucks.  Fueled by our insatiable appetite for newer, bigger and better, these corporate cats put out the slickest cheese to catch as many greedy mice as they can! And, they do.

Hear me:  there is nothing wrong with having things.  The real problem comes when things have you.  For example take the story I read this morning about a shopper in L.A. who pepper sprayed people attempting to get what she wanted.  Twenty people were injured in this brazen act of stupidity.  Now, she is looking at possibly twenty counts of assault.  I guess getting that Blu-ray player was worth it huh?

In our culture churches are saying that the things that are undermining American society is gay marriage, abortion, pornography and chemical addiction.  To these sad misguided I souls I say; “WAKE UP!” The biggest evil America faces is GREED! Did advocating gay rights cause the banking crisis?  Was the housing market collapse due to abortion?  Is massive unemployment the result of pornography?  The answer is a resounding NO!! Corporations folded and our country teetered on the verge of economic collapse because of greed. Yet, I don’t hear any voices of righteousness lifted up to address it.  Maybe that’s because Glenn Beck hasn’t told them to.

Jesus said it this way:  “…You cannot serve God and Mammon” (Matthew6.24). Mammon is often interpreted as money.  I disagree with that interpretation. Money is only a tool and what makes money good or bad is how it is used.  And, how it is used is determined by who uses it.  The best interpretation I can find for Mammon is greed. And you cannot serve God and greed. This is because God is a giver while greed is a taker.  To embrace both is a contradiction.

Now before you go and sell all of your earthly belongings and go live on an organic commune, understand that there is nothing wrong with having things and money.  In fact, I believe we have an obligation to use wealth–money-dinero-filthy lucre– to advance goodness in the world.  How else can it be accomplished?  Life is far too short to live for ourselves.  I believe that we are all here to help make the world a better place for those who comes after us.  I believe we are to be lights of hope in darkness.  I believe we are to be givers of love to all in need.  I do not believe we are here to shop for the best deals at 4:30 Am on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

We only have one life to live.  Let us not waste it in pursuit of fulfilling our selfish greed. Let us work to make a difference in the world. A little music from Switchfoot to conclude with! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YISE0wk9XbY


~ by Daniel Toops on November 25, 2011.

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