August 1, 2007 Matthew

“Lovers of Money Ridiculed Him”

Stack of MoneyThere’s no debate about how much we love money. Americans love money. Since the early days of America’s history people have ever been in a rush for the “gold”. Where there is money to be had, people are mad. One of the last big “gold” rushes in America was the internet “dot.com rush” in which every entrepreneur and their mother were rushing to cash in on the explosion of the domain market and website businesses.

You see another gold rush taking place even as Myspace.com takes the lead as the most visited and used website on the planet. Everyone is trying to cash in on the new market with gadgets, bells and whistles, and everything in between. High internet website traffic is the “black gold” of today and if you can tap into that you can get yourself some great advertising potential which translates into cash in your pocket.

Jesus said that no one can serve two masters. You will either hate God and love money(or something else), or you will be devoted to God and despise money. Most Christians are living their lives and making life decisions according to money and other circumstances rather than their “faith”, according to George Barna’s research.

The scripture then goes on to say that hypocrite Pharisees, who were lovers of money ridiculed Jesus. Therein is another fantastic picture of American Christianity. While many go to and fro seeking after fame and cash, those who choose to cast off the bondage of pursuing wealth and despise it are often ridiculed by the rest. You’re told that you’re foolish if you don’t spend your life to get a good enough job to live the American “dream” of materialistic lust. You are told, “If you don’t get an education you will be poor, and you certainly don’t want to be poor!”

All the motivations for work, school, innovation, creativity, etc. stem from a root of love for money (1 Timothy 6:10), and its fruit is only bad and good for nothing. For those seeking the Kingdom of God, and not money, the pursuit of education, work, innovation, creativity, etc. stems from a love of God, and the fruit it produces is good and abiding.

In the same context, Christ makes a sort of blanket statement, “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

With a statement like that, you can get an idea of how far and wide the gap is between serving money and serving God, and how utterly ridiculous it is to try to serve both—something many Christians try to do.