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June 5, 2017, 8:48 AM

Money, Money, Money


Where does the love of money come from? The same place prejudice comes from... It. Is. Taught. 

There is a scene in the first Toy Story movie that cements this idea (and yes, I know it's a movie... but stick with me). The opening scene is built by the imagination of a child, Andy, and the scenario he creates with his toys. "One Eyed Bart" (Mr. Potato Head) has a convoluted plan to rob the bank, and is ultimately exposed by Sheriff Woody. There's a line in there though that speaks to a lesson we've all taught our children. One Eyed Bart gets into the bank (a cardboard box and a piggy bank), sees the coins inside and yells jubilantly: "Money, Money, Money!!"

Even the imagination of children speaks to the love of money. To be clear, money is not the root of all evil. The Bible never says that. The Bible says: "The love of money is the root of all evil" -- 1 Timothy 6:10

We have to choose which master we will serve (Matthew 6:24). More importantly, we need to choose which master we will teach others to serve. Which master makes your decisions? Jesus teaches about money often, and his message is not to ignore money or choose abject poverty... his message is to let money be money here on earth but serve God first, seek His Kingdom first.  We should give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what is God's. 

What part of us belongs to God? All of us.

Mark 12: 13 - 17 13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 14“Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay them, or shouldn't we?” Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you trying to trap me? Show me a Roman coin,c and I’ll tell you.”16 When they handed it to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
   “Caesar’s,” they replied.
17“Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
His reply completely amazed them.


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