The Sermon on the Mount was lengthy – and for good reason – because the people needed a long sermon on the proper way to live. Actually, the sermon was intended just as much for us today as it was for those folks back in the day. It covered lots of topics – financial investment wasn’t one of them. But, do you remember this pithy piece of advice?
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mt 6:24
The word “mammon” is slightly ambiguous in meaning. My Bible Dictionary notes its use in Rabbinical writings, the Talmud and in the New Testament. It seems to mean property and possessions (including of course money). Maybe a spirit of “Materialism”. But here, by comparing it in a sense to “God”, Jesus seems to be elevating its meaning to dizzying heights, such as those who might even be inclined to “worship” it as a false god.
So there we have it. If we look around at modern life we see Materialism falsely elevated, for many, higher than God Himself! But with Materialism comes a phony morality which we can safely term “Immorality”.
We might say that Mother Teresa of Calcutta predicted this stock market crash when she quietly stated the obvious. Paraphrasing: “Abortion has turned the world up side down.” Of course abortion is just one example of morality’s skeleton picked clean by the vultures of materialism and consumerism. Every area of modern life has been dragged down into a base immorality. All ten, of the once revered TEN COMMANDMENTS, have been abandoned by a vast number of modern people and many will even claim that the breaking of commandments are in fact virtuous acts. This is the moral world up side down, for sure.
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS! Your investments in worshiping and obeying the One True God! Your investments in People. Your investments in true “old fashioned” morality! Your investments in living the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love! These are the investments that will truly endure!
These are the investments that will bring you peace and turn your world right side up!
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