Money and Worship

"It is not persecution of the church in China that I fear. The church has always been able to weather persecution. My fear is love of money in the church."  - anonymous Chinese pastor

   “Your checkbook is a theological statement.“ - Billy Graham

The Occupy movement is getting a lot of press right now.  Their stated purpose is to bring economic inequality  and big bank/government/ Wall Street corruption to light. The official website notes:
“We refuse to be the 1%’s captive citizenry. We stand together to show that the 99% are creating a better world.”
     There is some irony here. Anyone making over $40,000 a year in America is part of the world’s 1%. The average protestor in NYC  makes between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.  The protestors are the world’s economic elite.  In other words, the Occupy movement involves the rich of the world complaining about the even richer.
     There is more irony. The movement protesting greed has shown itself to be very greedy of other people’s resources – restaurants, parks, and stores have been damaged and exploited.  Los Angeles is spending millions of dollars to repair the damage of those who protested exploitation by exploiting things that weren’t theirs.   In New York, the occupy kitchens changed their menu because they were tired of feeding the homeless.  So a group of “the poor” that had no problem helping themselves to the property of “the rich” grows resentful when other people help themselves to their property…
     I say all this not to say that the protesters are all bad people or that their complaints about corruption are wrong.  I give this example to point out that money exposes us.  It shows what we worship.
     Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, 
"You can't follow two gods at once. When you love one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. That’s why you can't serve God and Money both."