Is it really about money?

I’d just like to make a brief point in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street, Austerity, Class Warfare discussion.  This is not taking sides, but, rather, a clarification and, perhaps, contextualization.

The actual quote from 1 Timothy 6:10 is “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (CEB) (emphasis added) rather than, as it is too often quoted, “money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

I don’t think the trouble our society is having is really based on the fact that some people ahve money while other’s don’t.  I don’t think it is really even problematic that executive to menial pay ratio is as high as 275;1.

No, I think the problem is that, in our society, we have (almost ALL of us) been blinded by the LOVE OF money and the possessions it buys, as well as the walls of separation it erects between “us” and “them.”

Perhaps if we can get beyond the love of money we can deal better with the effects of money.

One thought on “Is it really about money?

  1. I heard on the radio the other day that 40-something percent of the population of Cleveland, Ohio (the nearest city to me) are living at or below the poverty line. That’s a problem for people trying to scrape by. The fact that the rest of us love money so much that we don’t think the poverty is our problem is also a problem.

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