ANDREW: The Idol of $Money$ and the NY Times
Perhaps one of the best signs that we might be addicted to money is that it is so hard to admit it—much like an alcoholic says he doesn’t have a problem and can stop whenever he wants. If we are to be authentic and honest then we all should admit that money could easily become an idol if it hasn’t already.
Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) This warning assumes that we have a tendency to define our “life” (our identity, our value) by a self-centered desire to accumulate possessions. If you frequently dream of more money and possession that would give you status and significance then you may have a money idol. Or if you frequently worry and are anxious about losing money you have which is your security then you may have a money idol. This must be why Jesus told us so often not to be afraid, but to trust him. We should have no other gods before him—not even money. The best way to break free of the money idol is to give money away. Giving is the antidote to greed. (Listen to last week’s sermon for more on this…)
David Brooks (NY Times columnist) has an interesting article called “The Gospel of Wealth”. While I don’t agree with everything in it, he is funny and has some keen insights. I think you all will enjoy reading it. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/opinion/07brooks.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=gospel%20of%20wealth&st=cse
All for Jesus,