Money Is Not Everything
Money is not everything. This cliché is probably as old as money itself, but it is more relevant today than ever. We live in a society of materialistic excess, insatiable greed, and where doing things for money, seems to be more the norm than the exception. It is vital that we keep regularly remind ourselves that money is not and should not be, the driver what we do.
There are many verses in the Bible dealing with the problems associated with loving money. The scripture that I like the best is Luke 16:13: No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money".
Now this does not mean you cannot want to work hard, obtain nice things, and gain possessions. It simply means don't do what you do for the purpose of obtaining wealth at the compromise of your love for God. Don't serve money over God, and if you think you can serve both, you are wrong. If you love money, you cannot love God at the same time. Jesus said this while speaking to the Pharises, who loved money. Jesus went on to say, in the next verse, "What people value greatly, is detestable in God's sight. In other words, all of the materialism and excess we value in our society, is not cute to God. God is not impressed with your stuff, so don't put your stuff before him. God is impressed by your love of him.
Finally, this is not an excuse for you to mismanage money, spend money frivolously, not pay attention to money, or do be foolish with the money you have. Quite the contrary. This is a call for you to be temper your behavior with money, live below your means, be frugal, spend wisely, and prioritize what is most important. It's a call to put money in it's proper place and order, but at the same time, check your heart and your motives.
Just as loving money is bad, so is the love and worship of celebrates that have money. For Black people, this is problematic We seem overly enamored with people that have lots of money. We need to fight against this fascination with celebrities. We need to stop settling for mediocrity, and lowering standards and expectations, just because a celebrity has Money. All money isn't good money. If a celebrity is rapping about negativity, rape, murder, killing another black man, misogyny, or lyrics that lead our kids to destruction, then who cares if that rapper turns around and gives a large donation to a cause or an organization. The damage that rapper does to a child's mind far outweighs the money they give, or have. We have this bad in our community where we accept anyone and any thing that has enough money. Only a people with low self esteem can be bought!
Money is not everything! It may be a cliché, but it's gospel, in more ways than one.