Friday, September 26, 2014

Bell: the evil of riches

Friday, September 26, 2014
    Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942
    [Jesus:] “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
    —Luke 12:31 (NIV)
    The evil of riches, then, for institutions, for nations, for individuals, is that those who possess or seek to possess almost invariably overvalue possessions and so cease to live creatively. They stop loving God with all the heart and all the soul and all the strength and all the mind. They stop loving their neighbors, too. When you find a person of means who is not either a self-centered bore or a low creature, you may know that God has worked a miracle.
    ... Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958), God is Not Dead, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945, p. 89 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:27-34; Lev. 19:18,34; Deut. 6:5; Matt. 19:23-24; Mark 10:24-25; 12:30-31; Luke 12:15; 16:13; 18:24-25; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; Jas. 1:9-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, work a miracle of love within me.
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