Money

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)

I don’t know what God’s problem is. If he didn’t want money to be such a big deal he shouldn’t have invented it in the first place. Money is what makes the world go round. You need money. You can’t live without it. Everybody needs money. The funny thing is that poor people need it more than anybody else. Money is like the white blood cells of the modern bloodstream. You can have happiness, friends, contentment, and all that other gushy stuff, but if you don’t have money, life pretty much sucks.

Some Christians point out that it’s not money itself that’s the problem but the love of it. Apparently there’s a huge spiritual difference between loving money and only liking it a lot. I’m a little fuzzy on that one, but theological nuance has never been my strong suit. Anyway, it seems to work for most people. Seems we can chase the money truck and be poor in spirit at the same time. This has to be one of the niftiest innovations of modern Christendom. We have finally broken that pesky spiritual binary and delivered Mammon from its medieval bondage. With a little denotative clarification, it turns out that we can serve both God and money. Cool.

If Jesus would have understood all this, he might have been a little easier on folks. Take the rich young ruler, for example. The guy comes to Jesus with all the qualifications of a righteous dude. But does Jesus give him credit for all that? Nope. He knows the guy is rich and tells him to unload everything if he wants to play disciple. The poor guy ends up leaving. Who can blame him? 99% of all Christians I know would do the same thing today if we hadn’t corrected Christ’s theology. Sheesh. If that was still the price for doing Jesus, the only people in church would be smelly street bums with nothing to lose anyway. Pews for sure. There’s no doubt about it: if Jesus ran the show, Christianity would totally stink.

It’s a good thing we caught it before it was too late.

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3 Responses

  1. Ha! Where can I get a set of those shades.. or better yet a stack of cash!

  2. BTW.. That video was too much.. had me cracking up.. Liza is freaking scary!

  3. I hope you didn’t pay to use that.
    But good point about having both God and mammon. I don’t get that theologically but apparently some take that new understanding to the bank….

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