Jesus said we can’t serve (which means work for, by the way) two Masters. He said we’ll love one, and as a result, hate the other.
Does it seem overboard to suggest that anyone could actually worship money? Have we entered into the realm of absolute insanity for inviting people to share what they think about this topic?
You see, most people will tell us that working for money is a necessary evil in order to do the things they want to do, whether that is raising their kids, buying a home, or enjoying the luxuries of life that seemingly cannot be found outside of the monetary system.
We would have to say that after having witnessed many people take this road, we are not interested in following it ourselves. We have seen marriages break up as a result of differing financial views; we have seen banks take away homes from families who were late on one payment due to financial hardships; we have heard many people tell us about the ‘good life’ we are somehow missing out on, only to find themselves wallowing in emptiness…
Is this the way the world is supposed to be? We think not, and we are willing to bet that the misery that surrounds us can all be traced back to the idea that money will solve our problems.
Think about it. Look at the people on any busy street and you will find a desperate anxiety that revolves around how they are going to get by from day to day. If working for money were the answer that so many declare that it is, then we would be surrounded with a world that would look absolutely opposite to the world we actually find ourselves in.
What if we seriously took a fresh look at what Jesus had to say on the topic of money, and the power that it holds over our lives? Was He just an idealistic dreamer, or was He the most absolute realist when He shared His vision of a new world, one that was built on faith and love instead of greed and fear?
We could post a number of quotes from Jesus that support our thesis, but first we want to see if any of you out there in cyberspace actually know some of these same quotes yourselves, and would be willing to wade into the discussion that will soon begin, when one of you has the faith to share what you are thinking.