Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Money: greed

If money is the gauge of the heart, then this study revealed that money is on the heart of most Americans. In exchange for ten million dollars:
25% would abandon their family
25% would abandon their church
23% would become a prostitute for a week
16% would give up their American citizenship
16% would leave their spouse
13% would put their children up for adoption
Even more revealing than what Americans would do for ten million dollars is that most would do something. Two-thirds of those polled would agree to at least one-some several-of the options.
Jesus had a word for that: greed
Jesus also had a definition for greed. He called it the practice of measuring life by possessions.
Greed equates a person's worth with a person's purse.
You got alot=you are alot.
You got a little=you are little.
The consequence of such philosophy is predictable. If you are the sum of what you own, then by all means own it all. No price is to high. No payment is too much.
Greed is relative. Greed is not defined by what something costs; it is measured by what it costs you. If anything costs you your faith or your family, the price is too high.
With that being said, it is apparent our society pressures many to define themselves by possessions.
Try this on if greed doesn't rear its ugly head in front of your face on any given day. Watch as the kids battle for the latest fashions, newest electronic gadgets and gizmos. Behind many of those observations are the parents or adults nuturing that so called need, excuse me, greed. Keeping up with the Jones's I remember used to be the term. Not sure who the family is that our society is trying to keep up with these days, but I can assure you it all stays here when the inevitable happens.
On that note I simply want to place in your hearts this holiday season to remember it isn't what you get or what you have that God see's. It is what you give. Your heart is your direct line to God and in his opinion (which is the only one that counts) there is no room for greed. Keep your peace this Christmas and it will be Merry indeed