THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
I often warn people about those who worship at The Church of The Almighty Dollar. Unfortunately there are people in our modern society to whom money is morality. There yardstick for the rightness of their actions is last month’s sales rankings, or the latest quarterly earnings report. Such people are anchoring their morality in loose sand ! Morton Blackwell founder of the Leadership Institute in Virginia once said “ Don’t fully trust someone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was loosing.” Now Blackwell at the time was talking about politics. However I believe there is a more basic principle involved here. The point is someone who does something only when he has something to gain personally is not to be trusted !
Now lets look at the often miss-quoted words of the Apostle Paul, ” For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1Timothy 6:10 (KJV) Some people quote this verse as saying money is the root of all evil. But as you notice this is not quite right. What the verse plainly says is the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. It is what you make the priority in your thinking that matters. Your behavior should be driven by you love of God and his word not by your bank balance ! God cares about the contents of your heart, and could care less about your earthly riches.
So are we saying that money is a bad thing ? Certainly not ! Am I saying that we do not need money in this world ? I am not ! Look at what Paul says at Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. “ So you see The important thing is not the money. Money in fact can be used and is used to do great things for God in this world. The important thing is our love for God, and the call he has placed on each of our lives. When we are saved, we no longer belong to ourselves but to God. When we place our priority on money on any earthly thing instead of God’s word we distance ourselves from the call he placed on our lives.
So what am I saying ? I am saying that we should not gauge the rightness or value of our actions against what we get out of them. The values people of this world place on things are constantly changing. Instead base you actions on your love of God, and his word which does not change. Do not waste your love on meaningless things. Invest your love instead in God, and those he has placed around you, your family, neighbors, co-workers etc. Money tends to be temporary. General Motors used to be the biggest most powerful company in the entire world. There even used to be a saying in the investment business “ Nobody gets fired for buying General Motors.” It was the ultimate “blue chip” a “no brainer.” Well about that, times change. Not that long ago General Motors had to be bailed out by the American taxpayer. No bank or group of banks, no investment firm or group of such firms in the entire world was big enough to save it. Enron was one of the 10 biggest companies in the world. But highly placed people there started to worry more about their own gain, than the things that really matter, and Enron fell. Its stock became worthless !
Paul warns us against the love of money because in the first century just as in this one money isn’t a solid enough standard by which to judge or govern our actions. The word of God however always will be.
Posted on July 20, 2014, in Bible Study and tagged 1Timothy 6:10, Christian Living, Morality, Morton Blackwell, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Romans 8:28, Root of All Evil, the love of money. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.