In a “developed” nation such as ours, there is a great deal of talk (or at least a heap of commercials) about helping people with all kinds of addictions, whether they be drugs, alcohol, pain medications, sex, shopping, you name it.
But when it comes to something so fundamental as to the organization and operation of all modern cultures when it comes to working for money, almost no attention whatsoever is given to the possibility that this could very well be THE universal (Romans 12:2) addiction that Jesus brought to light when he said that our choice was between being addicted to God (love) or being addicted to money (greed) (Mt. 6:24-33; Lk. 16:13).
And considering the ever decaying world-wide state of affairs due to greed, it’s even more shocking that there isn’t more attention paid to Jesus’ revolutionarily simple (yet eternally challenging to implement) solution to this problem…which is exactly why I think it would be fair to equate our ignorance with addiction.
Addicts will almost always be the last to admit that the real problem is whatever they are addicted to. The more control our addiction has over us the harder it can be to see the way out, especially if we are surrounded by cultural “pushers” everywhere we turn.
Our contention is that just about every social institution that exists (churches definitely included, but “empire” at large) helps to keep us in bondage to our addiction, primarily by omission of the fact that working for money (instead of love) is what has led and continues to lead humanity down an ever darkening path of greed.
It’s not until we begin to even consider the possibility of this that we can hope to ever come to terms with a solution to all the poverty and suffering happening everywhere in the world around us (with the exception of our 1st world suburban gated communities, of course!).
Ok, that’s it. Please excuse me, I need to go clean up the stinky pile of shit that the elephant just left in the living room!