Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
This brought to mind Paul’s statement regarding money.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs
~1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
~Matthew 6:24 (ESV)
In the US, one of the top concerns for voters (of all persuasions) is the state of the economy. We debate about socialism vs capitalism vs free market, federal/state taxation, world trade, national debt, local distribution and so on.
And we tend to panic when economic equilibrium takes a severe hit.
That is an interesting consideration.
Believe it or not, though, “the love of money” is NOT so much about money itself, but what the money represents.
Money (or “mammon”, in KJV terminology) is simply the recognized currency of this fading world system. It really does not matter whether we are trading in actual gold coinage, electronic transactions, or directly bartering goods…if the focus is primarily placed on the material exchange, getting the best “deal”, and/or just building a comfortable home in this world, then we are at serious risk of serving/loving a master other than God.