Not even sure how to address how I felt with such a limited vocabulary I sat across a table from one of my dearest friends and relatives and began to pour out my heart.
Not from an emotional perspective but from a heart that is grieved by what I see…not even what I see in the church as a whole but what is already in the church as a whole.
The Christian retailing business has it’s upside obviously. I work part time in the industry and love it, would do it without pay, because of the people I meet and how I am able to help them.
But I am grieved that in the American church, pastors, teachers, authors, composers and every other position related to God’s work is more and more being driven by greed.
It is as though, as the blood was oozing and dripping out of Christ’s body onto to the cross and then down the cross, that if given the opportunity, there are so many Christians that would have taken their checkbook over to the cross and let the blood drop onto it as if to turn blood into money.
And if that worked, they would then take a vial or bottle and see if they could capture the blood of Christ and sell it.
Can you imagine how much a small bottle of the blood of Christ would bring? Is there even a way to calculate that much money?
I did a quick study the other night on the word “greed”. More than not, when the word was used in the New American Standard version of the Bible it was directed to misdirected prophets, teachers, protectors and members of the church.
We are destroying the pure declaration of the gospel due to our greed for the value of the gospel, not the price that it cost.
I am not the biggest fan of Rick Warren, but he did say something a couple of weeks ago on CNN that sparked my interest. He said, “It is not a sin to be rich, it is a sin to die rich.”
I must agree.
For what reason do we accumulate wealth?
My heart is broken tonight that there is one single starving child on this earth, because it is not a lack of food, it is a lack of courage to overcome greed.
Go to any food outlet, distribution warehouse, supermarket, etc. and ask them what they do with the tons of food that they can not sell. Are they able to distribute it and provide for those in need? No, they have to destroy it every night due to regulations and the potential of liability being brought against them if someone should become sick or die.
So, we let thousands die so the one does not get sick.
Judas was not the only one who had blood on his hands because he traded Christ for money.
We each are caught in this flow of blood into money and God will judge us for it.
“To know to do good,” the Bible says, “and not do it, is sin.”
We will drown in the resources of which we thought would be our deliverer.