Earth provides enough to
satisfy every man's need,
but not every man's
greed." -- Mahatma Ghandi
Greed rarely slaps us in the face.
It slowly envelopes us like a
the stock market, investors constantly fall prey to one of
two emotions: greed or fear. Of the two, greed may prove
the more dangerous. It lures people into high risks
and spawns an insatiable thirst.
In the church, greed
also has its foothold.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee this
week sent a "please explain" to six major televangelist
organizations, questioning whether they really are
non-profits in light of the extravagant and lavish
lifestyles of some of the leaders who use private jets
and Rolls Royce motorcars.
But greed is not restricted to traders and
televangelists. It's a human affliction that we all must face
It comes upon us with stealth then
holds us with talon strength. It entices us to want
more -- more money, more house, more recognition,
more publicity, more stuff -- a little more of
everything. In the process we cease to live by
faith. No wonder that Jesus warned His hearers to
be on guard "against every form
of greed." (Lk 12:15)
Contrary to popular teaching, faith
is not the key to prosperity and promotion. It guides us
to contentment and confidence despite
circumstances. Faith is not a chip to bargain with but a
decision to trust Christ wherever the chips may
The Apostle Paul concluded that "greed is
idolatry." (Col 3:5) Ouch!
time, our hunger for something increases its value and worth to us, until
we find ourselves absorbed by it and devoted
to it. Anything that we want or yearn for more
than Christ, anything that we must protect or expand at
all costs, anything that occupies the largest and
best chunks of our thought-lives and dominates our spirit, has laid the grip
of greed upon us. And inasmuch as it gains our
increasing attention and devotion, it seduces us into idolatry ...
and grieves God.
Christians are not immune.
If the Church has grown ineffective
in changing culture, if we have failed to touch and turn
lives, it's not for lack of commitment but for
May the mist roll back and Christ be
In HOPE -