Are you a lover of money?
There is goodness in money. It’s a tool. But to be controlled by it is a curse.
Imagine a person who is a “lover of money.” Instead of possessing money, the person is possessed by it.
Both rich and poor can be ”lover of money.”
Jim is a pastor. He is a victim of his wife’s infidelity. He has been abandoned and written off by his adult children who’d reject him and ignore his messages.
Jim’s wife has an extra-marital affair foreigner partner who is a millionaire. He treats his wife and children to lavish trips and generous cash allowances.
Psychopathology research shows that those afflicted with the disease of chronic materialism (love of money):
• Objectify people.
• Devalue people.
• Deceive for material gain.
• Dehumanize people.
• Cause conflicts, betrayals, and breakdowns in marriages and families.
• Compromise/ignore morality/
Can you expect a ”lover of money” to care to express appreciation for you? … about helping you? … or about being loyal, responsible, truthful, and forgiving?
In the book ”The High Price of Materialism,” author Tim Kasser writes,
“Our lovers, our children, our neighbors, our society, and our planet are all affected when the desire for wealth, status, and image directs our behavior …. new evidences describe how materialistic values harm those around us, as well as how they damage the health of our planet … Materialistic values are also implicated in our roles as parents. When they guide our behavior, our children watch and soak it up.“
According to Wikipedia, the love of money is sin in Christian tradition. It’s based on the texts Ecclesiastes 5:10 and 1 Timothy 6:10.
The Bible says a lot about love of money as sin or idolatry. The idol of money can seduce anyone.
Money is neutral. Its biblical condemnation relates to greed and avarice rather than money itself.
Whether rich or poor, it’s the love of money that creates sin – a counterfeit god or idol in the corrupted heart.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
“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 money.” (Matthew 6:24)