By Ben Mwine:
Let's face it; all of us have been victims or culprits of this thinking at some point. We use people's wealth to measure how “blessed” they are. In fact when someone mentions the word blessing, most of us instantly think about money and wealth, no? And yet we couldn't be further from the truth. In the good book, the good teacher tells us explicitly that “……a man's life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
So where do we get this whole notion that the more money you have, the more God you have; that the bigger your faith, the more money God will give you; and that if you don't have enough it's because your faith is weak?
It seems that the world tends to think that the more money you have, the closer you are to being God. Could that be why the bible says you can't serve money and God?
I can't count the number of times I have been frowned upon at a gate because I came in on foot only to have the same guard refer to me later the same day as “Sir” simply because I showed up driving a big Pajero.
As a result we seem to have lost our sense of direction in terms of what really matters. The words of those who are rich seem to carry more weight than those of lesser mortals. In the same vein, those who are rich have bought into this fallacy and seem to think they are superior to the rest of the world.
They bark at their wives, waiters, bank tellers, security personnel, their employees, pretty much everyone who they think has less money than them. Does this sound familiar? “How can she turn me down, does she know who I am?!”, “Do you know I can pay your Salary with my pocket change!?” And so on and so forth.
The question that then has to be asked is this – Does having a lot of money change people, or does it simply bring out who they really are? Would love to hear your thoughts…
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