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A View from the Altar / A killer of a god
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A killer of a god

Whoever coined the phrase “American dream” surely never meant it to be a catch phrase for greed.  But that’s what it has become.  And covetousness, Paul reminds us, is idolatry (Col 3:5).

America’s prosperity was God’s gift.  But the Secular Man — and perhaps a few of us Christians — began to worship and serve the creature more than the Creator.  The gift has become a taskmaster.  It has become the old King James term “mammon,” which is money personified, come to life, grown cruel and demanding.

The love of money comes so naturally to us that we don’t even notice its presence.  Greed steals into the Christian’s house and takes a seat between Prudence and Diligence, carefully learning to mimic everything the other two say until we forget he’s not one of the brethren.  And sometimes when Greed wants something Diligence has brought home, he can talk just like Justice and swindle them all!

Covetousness and envy have so warped our society that politics is seldom about anything else.  Worship whatever you please, says Mammon, so long as money remains the Zeus of our multi-cultural pantheon, the deity enthroned above all others.

Jesus loves the little children.  Mammon does not, and noting that it’s cheaper and more convenient to kill unwanted children than to love them, Mammon directs they be aborted.  And so they are.  The love of money fuels the engine of America’s greatest national crime.

For the love of money, the vilest themes, expressions and movements are set to music, put on video and sold to the young.

Mammon loves a powerful state to do its bidding.  Since war is the health of the state, the taxes are collected and converted into weapons to be deployed against whoever Mammon is pleased to slay.

The love of money makes the drugs that first degrade and then destroy your brothers.  The love of money makes pimps and prostitutes and penniless gamblers.  The love of money drives the robber who steals with a gun and the dishonest businessman who steals with his words.  The love of money has long ignored the widow and despised the orphan — how much more now that medical technology has made orphans so unnecessary!  The love of money corrupts the heretic’s heart until he makes merchandise of the saints, preaching to them that gain is godliness.  (1 Ti 6:5)

Covetousness is not the unpardonable sin, but it is a sin, the signature sin of our society and the root of so many others.  How fitting that divine judgment appears poised to make money the instrument of our national undoing.

There is always hope, of course, but it lies on the far side of repentance from us.  Like every sin, the love of money is ultimately a question about lordship.  If Mammon be God, then follow him, but if Christ be God, then follow him.  And he is wise.  He knows if it’s really Prudence doing the talking.

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2 Comments

  1. Wow – what a bullet…

    …great post to elaborate on Mark 10:25.

    Posted on 08-Apr-11 at 6:54 am | Permalink
  2. I’ll leave that for your blog… and I’ll be checking.

    Posted on 08-Apr-11 at 16:43 pm | Permalink

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