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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Arrogance of Wealth

If Jesus were to visit your church, where would he begin “turning over tables”? What about in your life? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1372).

About two months ago I got a new car, a Mazda CX9. It has all kinds of neat features: navigation, satellite radio, blind spot indicators, leather seats, blue tooth phone connection, and rearview camera and sensors; in other words in many ways it’s the cat’s whiskers. The other day I sensed a very unchristian feeling arise within me when I saw someone driving an old clunker. I felt smugly superior. Surely Jesus would have overturned a table or two right then and there. For certainly one of the greatest motivators of worldly man is to achieve smug superiority based on wealth and fancy toys alone. Wealth is irrelevant to Godliness and is ironically one of the greatest hindrances to achieving it; as Jesus said: “I'll say it again--it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!" (Matthew19:24 NLT).

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