4/26/2009 3:37:27 PM
Tied to Morality/Spirituality
This economy will not see a firm come back until it's founded on goodness. We simply can't put our hope in wealth and we simply can't ignore our own flesh and blood.
Wealth is a tool for providing for our BASIC needs (food and clothing) and for helping those who are hurting (yes, even those who have "done it to themselves"; we've all been there). Wealth is not meant for the accumulation of goods--not that having them is bad, but can prove to be a snare if not appreciated, enjoyed and used properly.
No one likes to admit it, but 'tis true: The ROOT causes of a troubled economy are fear, greed and loss of compassion. Fear tells us whatever will scare us--anything from, "We're all gonna die," to, "You'll be compared less favorably."
Greed doesn't present itself as such. It piggy backs on something good: the concept of improvement and growth.
Selfishness, too, goes along for the ride on the back of a good saying, "Teach a man to fish...," which becomes, unfortunately, a rationalization for not helping out those in need (Do we find ourselves saying, "Well that's not REALLY helping them," or, "They need to either sink or swim"? I'm afraid that's symptomatic of a pendulum swung too far the other way).
When we are afraid, when we are greedy, and when it's "every man for himself," we are DESTINED for ruin. Why? Wealth is uncertain. History SHOWS wealth and the pursuit of it is uncertain. Even the most careful of planners can find themselves up the creek with one twist of the divine screwdriver (The survivors are those who humbly accept the current circumstance and keep a thankful, positive posture for what they DO have; I know homeless people who are better off than many wealthy people I know).
The LOVE of money is still A root of all KINDS of evil. Ignorance of money is, too, but the fundamental issue is one of values.
1 Timothy 6:6-10; 17-19