America Being Destroyed By Greed

“For the love of money is a root of all¬†sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” -1 Timothy 6:10

The love of money has been held up as a virtue in the United States, but the seeds of greed we’ve planted may very well be our undoing. There’s almost nothing that hasn’t been touched by greed and our lust for more continues unabated.

Our national greed has become legendary- A medical system that has gone stratospheric, a banking system that nearly imploded and was rewarded for it’s greed by government bailouts, CEO’s who leave wreckage in their wake and exit with multiple millions in their pockets to keep them comfortable… these are just the tip of the flames of greed that are burning America to the ground. Everywhere I look greed is running rampant. In some parts of the country rents have been increasing by astronomical rates and housing prices have gone through the roof. Government intervention determined to create asset inflation did just that, shutting more people out of home ownership and creating a rental crisis in various parts of the country. In many cases tenants have been evicted simply because landlords saw opportunity to collect higher rent from the well heeled, leaving the poor and middle class scrambling for a place to live.

Inflamed by the Federal Reserve’s policy of never ending QE, the fires of Wall Street have been set ablaze sending the stock market to exceptional heights creating yet another bubble about to burst. Investors, as well as the guy sitting on his sofa downing his beer, can’t resist charts that climb ever higher in what seems to be a never ending money tree. Greed is rampant on Wall Street. The trouble is, greed writes it’s own ending, and it tends to be ugly.

Americans, largely out of a lust for more and the inability to pay for it, have been advertised the lifestyle of entitlement and bought into the lie of covetousness like a wolf thrown a hunk of beef. Not only can’t we pay for what we already have, but we demand more and are sure we deserve it. There are way too many sources telling us we’re right to feel entitled while offering us ways to deepen the chains of our indebtedness.

Meanwhile, we complain about the price of food and every day necessities which just seem to keep going up. (And even if they weren’t our money has already been spent on other things!) We’re told, of course, that inflation is low, but most of us know this isn’t the case at all. Prices for the staples of life keep increasing creating a cycle where we pass along those price increases to others, who in turn, feel the need to increase their prices, and so it goes in ever widening circles of vicious consuming greed.

You see, greed is a sin that burns like wildfire, and because it does, it is very, very dangerous. Greed rages with intensity and kills everything it touches.

God hates greed.

“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” -Jeremiah 6:13

In one sentence we have a description of our world. Rich or poor, spiritual or not, everyone is out for themselves. We like to point the finger at the rich and complain about how they’re just getting richer off the back of everyone else (which is often true) but the truth is, everyone is greedy, even the poor exploit their own!

When a society develops and cultivates a culture of greed they have laid the seeds for their own destruction.