Chapter 2 of Second Peter is all about false teachers and prophets that will lead us away from Christ. Here’s what really stood out for me:
“They have hearts trained in greed.” 2 Peter:2:14
Unfortunately, I think we Americans have hearts trained in greed. We’re taught from the time we are young to strive to succeed in ways that allow us to have more We admire people who make lots of money and can afford to buy whatever they desire. Our entire economy depends upon us continuing to pile up good and services we don’t really need, while in other places people are starving. Worse yet, the things we want made available to us cheaply, are often supplied through the labor of human beings who are enslaved or exploited. We don’t really care, because we don’t see it. It doesn’t happen in our country.
This mindset extends to the church as well. We like bigger congregations that can offer more programs. We choose a place of worship for the beauty of the building, the quality of the music and the public speaking ability of the pastor. We want a church that will “meet our needs” instead of a community where we are needed.
This has been a bit of a rant and I wish I could end with a workable solution. I can’t. I’m greedy and so are you. We’re trained to be greedy, and we can’t fix ourselves. We can’t change the society in which we live. We can try to be moderate and generous and aware of our shortcomings, but it won’t ever be enough. We need the help and mercy of God. We need a savior.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, it will be hard for a rich person to get into the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God.’
‘When the disciples heard this, they were completely astonished. “Who, then, can be saved?’ they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘For humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:23-38
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