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The Root of All Kinds of Evil

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Pic of Ray 11302014We’re into the Christmas season (contrary to those who liturgically insist we are in Advent and thus speaking about Christmas – other than to say it is coming – is incorrect). Our people are shopping – decorating homes – putting out the nativity scenes in their yards – etc.

Some folks have already finished all of the above – and will now sit back and enjoy the holidays and all of the parties and gatherings. Somewhere along the way – some – not all – have lost some of what Christmas is all about. Some say happy Xmas – and some see that as taking Christ out of Christmas (even as some say the X is an ancient symbol for Christ). There are other ways to take Christ out of Christmas. One could merely follow the politically acceptable path of wishing people a happy holiday or some other generic phrase.

Another way to take Christ out of Christmas is to focus our time on the gifts given and the gifts received (and I’m not talking about the greatest gift of all – Jesus). We can get caught up in the money and the gifts very easily.

Have you ever heard the phrase – money is the root of all evil? Of course it is a slightly missed quote. The Scripture today reminds us that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Money – by itself – is not good or evil. It is what we do with it or how we go about getting it that has moral value – good or evil.

When we focus on the things we have and the things we wish we had – in this world – rather than on Christ and His sacrifice – we begin to not only take Christ out of Christmas but we begin to love money – things.

Jesus once said – Matthew 19:24 – “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  It is not that money or things are evil – rather when we make them our focus or goal – they take our eyes off of Jesus and not just for Christmas.

God wants us to love Him more than anything – even more than our family. When we focus our attention on money or things – we take our eyes – our love – and cheapen it by not showering it on Jesus. This Christmas – don’t go into debt for Christmas. Don’t give the children or anyone piles and piles of gifts – trying to keep up with some one’s false idea of what being a good parent means. When our children play with the box the gifts comes in more than the gift (this has actually happened) – we should wake up and realize that a few gifts to represent the gift of Christ would suffice and that if we are teaching our children materialism by lavishing them with gifts at Christmas – are we teaching them the right thing? Remember – the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 2, 2014 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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