The Idols of Nations

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them. Psalm 135:15-18

More than 4000 years have passed since this was written. Little has changed regarding the substance of the text. Men still worship gold and silver, though it’s taken different forms now. We even have a term for those who marry for the money they would instantly gain: gold diggers.

It’s also infiltrated the church in a variety of ways. The most common, of course, is the “health and welfare gospel,” that is, if you believe you will receive. Those are the obvious abuses of church leadership and laity. That’s raw greed and should be exposed when it occurs.

There is a more subtle form of greed that we can fall into, completely apart from the wealth gospel. As you know, we live in an extremely prosperous land. We are a wealthy people. The tendency we have is to a) want more and/or b) look down on those not “as fortunate” as us. We have to guard against these tendencies because they are not godly nor are they biblical. But like I said, they are subtle.

But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out of it. 1 Timothy 6:6-7

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