On U. S. money are the words, IN GOD WE TRUST (1).
Which is it? God or money that we trust? For the majority of large corporations, it is MONEY, the profit, the efficiency of sacrificing people and people’s welfare for PROFIT, GAIN, and BOTTOM LINE except for some executives who have “golden parachutes” and multimillion-dollar compensations for merely a year’s work. For some states (I’m thinking Kansas) run by CORPORATE DOLLARS BUYING ELECTIONS it has become “spare the rich and soak the poor” while the state budget sinks below sustainability.
Jesus told a story to people who loved money(2). It was about a rich man who died. He was buried. He went to Hades and there, perhaps, repented. Too late? Unable to go back to tell his relatives who also were ignoring the poor and sick, he called out to the father of his faith, Abraham, “Send someone to warn my relatives,” he pleaded. Abraham thought the Law and the Prophets were enough, people don’t change if they ignore the law and prophets, not even if someone rises from the dead.
Jesus with God’s help rose from the dead.
We who call ourselves children of Abraham, whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, be warned.
If you are an Atheist or Agnostic and do right, perhaps, just perhaps, you will be on the right side of the Judgement when the King Jesus, says, “As much as you did it for the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.(3)”,
1. According to Wikipedia:
“In God we trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.
“In God we trust” first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957
2. Luke 16:19-31
3. Matthew 25:31-46
Generally lost in these discussions what money is. When we treat money as a thing to be had it becomes a problem. As far as I’m concerned money represents a way to trade my efforts for the goods and services from others.
I think that is what money is for also.
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