This portion of scripture (taken from 1 Timothy 6:10) illustrates that “love” is one of the most important issues in life to meditate on. Recently a series of events took place in my life whereby I found many people around me getting emotionally hurt while I watched helplessly. As the minutes go by one cannot help but try to figure out how this madness came about and why it was happening.
We are living in a historic period of time. We have worldwide economic problems and that is affecting many lives in many ways. Why are we in this “crisis” though? Is it due to greedy bankers, corrupt politicians, half-insane CEO’s, or wall street? No, that is not the root, for none of these could have power to hurt and create a crisis unless they were empowered to do so. So who empowered them? God, themselves, some secret society? No. We did. We allowed ourselves into the madness they created and now this big meat grinder that has so many names “global economy”, “the system”, “society” or whatever other name is used to categorize individuals into nothing more than a disposable number.
If you didn’t “love money” than you wouldn’t be a contributor. But what does it mean to love money perhaps you ask? It means you subscribe to the idea that anyone else on earth in just another number. Just a resource or a means of producing output (like GDP, etc). It means you have no problem using “the system” to fight in court and hurt and demand your rights when you feel they are infringed. It means you horde that snow blower, that shovel, that generator (add most anything in the list) to yourself and subscribe to the idea that everyone should work hard to get their own like you did. Sound communist, Fascism or any other ist’s? No. No “system” gains followers without having some attributes that appeal to compassion and rightness.
So many things could be said, but I feel the idea is developed sufficiently. What is the solution? Marxism or some other ism? No. Its found in a person who cannot be described, only experienced. His name is Jesus. Last Sunday our family listened to an extraordinary sermon which can be found here One key element Major Ian mentioned was that “the life He lived gave him the ability to die the death He died”. He could only die in a manner that would save sinners if he live a life that was Holy and without blame (blameless).
I would add “if He died so that we could live, shouldn’t we die so that He can live in us”?
If He lives in you the root cannot be money:
Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Everything that is done outside of Christ is “nothing” in value, it is just man and part of the meat grinder.
Oh the root of a thing reveals so much more than the surface material.
Dean, Sergey, Will… may God lead each of you on your journey.