|The plight of the churches is this: How do they minister
to the diseased minds of a world wide middle class that
is obsessed with making and spending money. Now there is nothing
wrong with making money. It is what we allow to happen to us
in the process. Nor is there anything wrong with spending
money. It is what we spend money on and how we spend it.
The world early shifted its goal from how to use God’s bounty to enjoy life, glorify God and help humanity to the simpler aim of making money.
Money has become THE thing Western civilization has defined success by. Money is in danger of becoming what our Western and American lives are all about. Dramatic accumulation and excess spending for purposes of self-aggrandizement as well as impressing others has become what most middle class lives in America are about. Such is the primary sickness of middle class life now. This is recognizing a sick truth but an honest truth. It is an admission of wrong priorities, a low evaluation of mankind and false values widely spread.
What is needed is spiritual judgment in appraising our uses of technology as well as the coarsening, brutal effect of obsessive materialism on our lives. We are often made fools of by money while our lives are made foolish by only seeking money.
Now there is nothing inherently wrong in money but it should be made rightly, received in the spirit of God, and used wisely. For Christ Jesus must be made the motivation and not “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;” as it says in I Corinthians 3:12.
Remember money is useful in this life and necessary. But this is a corrupt, too liberal, coarsened and non-spiritual time. Let no one glory in it, because as we on earth have gone forward in technology, we have become so obsessed with it that we have suppressed the spiritual side of life.
I remind you of the words of Christ in (Matthew 16: 26). The words ask you to consider what profit is there for an individual, a family, a community, a nation, a church, a religious group in gaining the world but losing an awareness of the group soul or the spiritual self. It is a terrible, drab, pitiful thing to be spiritually ignorant of your soul. But this is the modern ignorance: to be rich in things and technology but to be bleakly poor and ignorant of the soul spirit. We do not see the spiritual currents crashing redemptively around us.
Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.