My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can, and poison the rest. This appears to be the world’s philosophy. To get everything you can possibly get. Then when you get it, hold on to it. Don’t share it with anyone, keep it. You worked hard for it. You earned it. You deserve it. Don’t worry about whom you may hurt along the way. It’s all just part of life, right. WRONG!
There are thousands of men, women, and children, just in the United States, who lives in cars, under bridges, and in cardboard boxes, because of this very way of thinking. Many are victims of consumer greed. At Christmas, the better off toss a dollar in the Salvation Army kettle for “poor homeless people,” feeling as if they’ve done their part. Not realizing how the greed of today’s consumer mentality has caused much of this economic sorrow. For many businesses, making another dollar has become more important than the people they employ. While some will die during the winter months from exposure to the freezing cold, and many families go without food or shelter, Corporate Executives fill their houses with the spoils, and consume the livelihood of someone else. All for what? To make one more dollar they really don’t need. Did someone mean for this to happen? Probably not. However, decisions based on the bottom line only, often hurt people who depend on them. Not all people suffer because of self-indulgence. Some are there by their own poor choices. However, what if your family was homeless because of thoughtless greed? Would it matter then?
God’s not against success. However, He’s very concerned with how we measure success. Mark 8:36 asks; “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Greed often causes social blindness and misses Calvary’s love for man. Pray for loving, humble hearts.
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