Monday, July 19, 2010

The Love of Money

“It is the constant claim of ideologies of the left that capitalism has not satisfied people. That is perfectly true, because it is not in the nature of economic systems to satisfy anyone. Economic ideologies ranging across the entire political spectrum promise a cornucopia of material prosperity that will wipe away all tears. In so doing, they become idolatrous. The Christian position from the beginning has been that people are satisfied by becoming reconciled with God, not by acquiring wealth. Idolatries of mammon are in fundamental disagreement with the warning of Jesus that “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). The ethical injunction that has to accompany such a position is contentment; therefore, the apostle says that “if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:8). And again, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have” (Heb. 13:5). That is why Marx called religion the opium of the people, he rightly saw that Christian faith is antithetical to the envy, the grasping for more, on which his revolution depends.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 136-137).

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