The Peril of Prosperity
“A pig is most vulnerable when it’s fat.”
The Dow Jones industrial average recently topped 26,000 for the first time ever, just seven trading days after it blew past 25,000. The run between 1,000 point milestones was easily the fastest in the index’s 121-year history.
We live in a time of growing economic optimism. A new tax overhaul. Low unemployment. Incredible stock market growth. I'm pleased with my IRA statements. At the same time, there’s something perilous about the prosperous state of affairs.
I have been convicted by the prophets as of late. Our biblical history reminds us that prosperity can veil reality. Coin and currency are cribs from which the pagan gods of pleasure and power are born. The idols take new forms, but they still beckon us to worship at their altar in our modern times.
The prophetic tradition shows us that prosperity has a tendency to veil injustice and licentiousness. Wealth becomes justification for unjust means. “As long as I’m financially secure.”
A superficial shine conceals pollution below.
Contentment becomes complacency.
Security turns to selfishness.
Financial certainty forges a lack of faith.
“Daily bread” is what we are taught to pray for. "Daily" implies "enough." All that we need for a day. Not too little – for sure. But also, not too much.
When our pockets are filled with plenty,
When we are blessed beyond measure,
When our prosperity grows to abundance,
May we have the courage to give it away.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Jesus
Matthew 6:21,24,33; 13:22
I Timothy 6:10
1/31/2018 07:37:31 am
Thank you for this blog post Pastor. We don't like hearing about our shortcomings and selfishness but we need to be reminded. When life seems to be going great we tend to rely less on our faith in God and we really shouldn't. Financial prosperity can be very short lived but God's love for us is eternal. Also, thank you for posting the Bible verses. Blessings on your day, Peggie
2/6/2018 11:02:51 am
Thanks, Peggie. Is it coincidence that the stock market crashed yesterday? :) God is good.
2/1/2018 07:49:27 pm
Thank you Pastor for reminding us that counterfeit gods are lurking in this place of prosperity, so awareness & vigilance by staying in the word & immersing in His LOVE is huge as we are SENT out in this world every day.
2/6/2018 11:03:37 am
Thanks, Ted. "Counterfeit" is a good word. Empty and bankrupt if we look to it for ultimate significance.
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