I have a few thoughts on why money is singled out as the major battle ground amongst the world's power brokers. "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows." I Timothy 6:10 ASV. A book written over thousands of years predicted the tragic role that money would play in so many world events. Here is a list of the evils that man has created because he covets wealth and the status that follows:
- alcohol *
- gambling establishments
- lottery pools
- child sex rings
- identity theft
- some churches are just about money
- wars have been fought for wealth. Hitler was slobbering for his coveted "Lebensraum."
- Pharmaceutical Drugs
My premise is this: We can't and should not trust other, equally fallible men with the golden goose! If we do not have checks and balances in place it will grow to the enormous, wasteful proportions that we witness right now in America. A man made system of redistribution is based on the premise that we should reward covetous envy. I do not object to real outreach to real destitution. Disabled folks, helpless children, elderly people, etc. In times past, charity was a mission of the church. When a church handles this, we have the opportunity to hand them not only nourishment for their bodies, but nourishment for the soul! The bread of life and living water. I am in the unenviable position of knowing what it's like to be kind of desperate, but we hope to keep the fire and determination to dig our way out. When you give people a chance to lay down and give up, it's another wrong altogether.
*Many will disagree that alcohol needs to be on this list. Wine is fine they say. That's a personal decision. Notably, Budweiser does not do commercials on damaged liver and drunk driving death rates. The abuse of fried chicken is indeed egregious, but it will only damage the arteries of the fried chicken abuser.