Continued from yesterday:
Which brings me to the important error in the philosophy:
“… and G-d will bless you with boat loads of money.”
Live a life focused on the right things, and G-d will bless you – yes! But be very careful about defining exactly how you will be blessed.
Being blessed with good things and being given money are two very different things.
And hold on to your comments – I am not saying that money is a bad thing. And I am not saying enjoying wealth is a bad thing.
I’m all for having more than enough, and I’m all for enjoying it.
The Bible never says that money is the root of all evil. But it does warn against the love of money.
(“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10)
And the prosperity Gospel is dependent on the love of money – for the giver and the minister propagating it.
It is the longing to have money that motivates the “and he will bless your gift with wealth.”
Not the love of blessing, not the love of God’s goodness – but the love of money.
Look, I know that G-d may choose money as the instrument of blessing for you. But I pray for your sake that money isn’t your main source of blessing.
Let me put it this way: chocolate is good. Enjoying chocolate is good.
Now suppose you get a cut on your leg – gashed it while hopping a rusty fence, taking a short cut through life. So you get on the right path, but you’ve got this injury, so you ask G-d to help out.
And he does, by pouring chocolate syrup into your wound.
A good thing, right? Why not!?! Are you saying that chocolate is bad!?!
Okay, so maybe we can agree that chocolate, while being good, isn’t the right blessing for all things. In fact, chocolate (I can’t believe I’m saying this) isn’t among the major ways G-d blesses.
And money is not among the major ways that G-d blesses.
In fact, G-d will often bless us by denying us money. Any Richard Cory fans – either Robinson or Garfunkle versions?
Here’s the point to this long-winded piece: G-d does not want us to be obsessed with or focused on money.
He doesn’t want us to be looking at him and thinking “sugar daddy.”
He doesn’t want us to think, “rats, I worshipped him and all he gave me was this stupid love relationship, spiritual calm, family healing, joy in my work and my daily bread. What a cheapskate.”
Jesus says this in the sermon on the mount.
He tells us not to worry about money – not because were going to get a lot of it, so don’t worry; but rather because money just plain isn’t important enough to be the pushing out the truly worthwhile things.
So I am grateful for stuff. Not because G-d giving me the resources to have stuff is central, but for the very fact that it is merely a bonus to the many blessings he has already showered on me.
Just my thoughts,