Corporate greed is the new boogey man being blames for all society’s ills. We have people occupying financial districts to protest corporate greed. Based on some of their own demands, they can’t see their own corporate greed. Isn’t that what motivates people to demand free education, the forgiving in of all debts etc.?
We live in a world with very little self-awareness. One contributing factor is that we’ve tuned out the Scriptures, and therefore God. The Bible has quite a bit to say about who we are, and if we are honest it is accurate.
6Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7for we brought nothing into the world, andwe cannot take anything out of the world. 8But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. 1 Timothy 6
Each of us enters this life with nothing. Our parents may have something, but we’ve got nothing. We also can’t take anything with us. At those 2 moments everyone is in the same boat. What differs is all that comes in between. This the part of life we are concerned with now. It is the desire to be rich that plunges us into a world of danger. We are tempted to do any number of things. This love of money is the root, as Paul says, of all kinds of evil (or every kind of evil).
“He that loves money is influence in his practices by that love, and kept by it in the continual pursuit of wealth.” Jonathan Edwards
So what ways do people continually seek wealth?
One is the idolatry of work. Work is not part of the curse. God works, and work is noble and good. Christians serve God in their work, even as they provide legitimate goods and services to other people. Illegitimate goods and services (prostitution, producing or distributing heroin, being a hit man…) are a corruption of work). That work is difficult and does not always produce the intended or desired results is related to the curse. Due to our sinful nature, we make an idol of work. We refuse to be content and work too much to enrich ourselves beyond our need. Many a rich person has made an idol of work. But you don’t need to be rich to do this. You don’t even have to do it for money, it could be significance. But we are focused on money and wealth here.