Thought for the Month (November 2008)

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS!!

I wonder how many times we have seen those words over the last month? They've been everywhere – on the television news, the radio and in the newspapers along with words such as 'meltdown', 'recession' and 'collapse', and a variety of others all sounding equally catastrophic.

The problems, and the billions or even trillions of pounds needed to solve them, are just mind-boggling for someone like me and I wonder how we ever got into this situation.

We may want to lay the blame at the door of the banks or risk-takers on the stock exchange or our politicians, but should we be looking closer to home?

My dad had a stock of favourite sayings which he used frequently, often in a very comical fashion, and a number of them have stayed with me and other members of the family. Whenever the subject of money came up, Dad would sing in a wonderful falsetto – 'Money is the root of all evil' – usually to gales of laughter. Whether or not this was part of a song he knew, I don’t know.

It is of course a quote from the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:10 – but it is only a partial quote. The verse actually says 'For the love of money is the root of all evils' in the RSV, and in the Good News Bible 'For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil'. There is nothing intrinsically evil about money and great good can be, and has been, done with it, but it is our attitude to it that needs careful watching.

The verse in Timothy goes on to say 'Some have been so eager to have it [money] that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows'. Jesus himself, in the parable of the sower, talked about the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things coming in and choking the word.

Most of us probably know at least one person who has lived beyond their means and has suffered the consequences, and it can lead to great heartache. How can we avoid the lure of money? It would be very difficult to live without money, obviously, so we need to make sure that there is something else in our hearts and lives that takes first place.

If God occupies His rightful place in our lives then money and everything else will be where it should be.

So as we pray for the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS let us also pray for ourselves that we will not allow the love of money to take God's place in our lives.

Yours in Christ,

Jacqui Ferdinando.

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