I know that it might seem weird to some people that after already writing a post about materialism I am writing a separate post on greed, but when I wrote my post on materialism I focused solely on material things like the latest technological advances, fancy cars and big houses.
The post is about the love of money.
Money is something that I have never had a lot of and to be honest not something that I have ever wanted to have a lot of.
When you have a lot of money, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it, but many people don’t realize or even care about the responsibility that comes when you are wealthy or at least wealthy enough that you are not living paycheck to paycheck.
Having a lot of money can change people. Some people become greedy and the more money that they have the more that they want. They don’t care who they step on and hurt in order to obtain that money.
We have seen a lot of this in our economy over the last decade or two. Banks were collapsing because the people at the top became greedy. Businesses have been closing or filing bankruptcy because employees are stealing from them or the owners are more concerned with their own comfort than paying the bills or their employees. (Yes, I know that I am oversimplifying it and that this does not apply to every business and bank.)
Less than 10% of the world owns 90% of the wealth.
People are homeless and starving all over the world when it isn’t necessary.
I’m not a socialist or a communist who believes in big government and equal distribution of the wealth, but as I have already said, “There is a lot of responsibility when you have a lot of money.”
I believe that the wealthy have a responsibility to be generous with their money.
I believe that those who run big corporations and other businesses have a responsibility to see to the well-being of their employees as well as their customers.
I also believe that those with wealth have a responsibility to society as a whole to help fund education and training so that those people who are in impoverished circumstances can work to make a better life for themselves.
I don’t believe that it is the government’s responsibility. I believe that it is ours.
Give a helping hand. Share your knowledge. Mentor. Fund a start-up business. Find someway of helping someone make a better life for themselves and their families.
If you have money, let the Lord teach you how to be generous and how to use that money in a way that brings glory to Him. It’s not really yours anyway.