The Thing About Wealth
My good friend Chris wrote a blog the other day called The Things About Consumerism. It teetered on the brink of validating it but refrained from actually plunging over and endorsing it. In the process, he brought up a couple of really good points and you should probably head over there and read through it before beginning mine. It's OK. I'll give you a couple minutes right now. I'll be here when you get back.
There are a bunch of Christians who have misread and misquoted a few passages of scripture, building the rich people are evil theology that seems to permeate a lot of people's hearts. They begin by leaving out the words "The Love of" from their reading of 1 Timothy 6:10 (For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain). Then they pair this misquoted passage with Jesus' parable of the rich young ruler, especially the ending when Jesus tells us that it's easier for a camel to walk through the head of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of heaven- obviously indicating to those who subscribe to the former that it's nearly impossible for rich people to be saved. There's also James and a few other writers who warn the rich that they should be generous, OR ELSE. And then there are other parables where Jesus apparently tells the masses that the the rich are terrible people who will burn in Hell for all eternity (Luke 16).
excellent point about consumerism potentially helping to break us from the love of mammon. I hadn't thought of that in those terms. This actually helps further distinguish between consumerism (parting with our money in the purchase of goods and services) and materialism (where materialism is, in a way, an extension of the love of money, status, or wealth) as well, I think.
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Nathan Key likes to think about faith and philosophy and talk about it with others. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. He doesn't always refer to himself in the third person.