Therapists say the desire for money translates into desire for power. This not to say we should not seek money sufficient to care for self and/or family, but, let’s face it, we are capitalists, and we frequently seek far more finance than necessary. Money is our business, and we are skilled at it. Recently, when Pope Francis questioned capitalism, he was severely pummeled by many “patriots”. This passion for money is not restricted to Western nations. A good friend returned recently from teaching in Beijing. He observed that the overriding passion for China was neither military nor scientific dominance but economic.
Could it be that ” money is the root of all evil”, and that it reigns in human nature? Further, did Jesus recognize this and thirst to transform human nature itself? If so, he must be the greatest revolutionary of all history. He certainly did not happen to utter those words of rebellion: “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. He planned that message. Just perhaps, our ultimate challenge is to choose sides: wisdom or mammon; power or humility; money or Christ.