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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Righteous as Profligate Spenders

...[Do] not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  (Romans 8:4).

The will of God can cost money however much this medium of exchange is associated with fleshly things.  Don't for a moment think belief is a nifty way to get off cheap.  All material things as vehicles of meaning have potential spiritual implications.  For example a spiritual attribute--simple justice--can cost taxpayers a significant amount of money.  Consider the plain cost of justice (and this does not even touch upon the broader concepts of socio/economic justice): the court system, the police power of the state, the penal system, and nurturing environments suitably adequate to raise up administrators and lawmakers of competence and integrity.  Remember as well the woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume (Matthew 26).  Sometimes the right thing to do has little to no short term financial defenses--in fact it can seem downright scandalous. As usual, worldly, staid wisdom is confounded by Spirit-led generosity.

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