As I get older I’m learning a lot of valuable lessons. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. While there are a lot of things money can buy, it really can’t buy happiness. Bigger isn’t always better. He who talks the most or the loudest doesn’t always win. I’ve learned modern technology isn’t always better than old technology. So, what is the biggest lesson I’ve learned so far? Sometimes God closes both the door and the window so we’ll sit down, shut-up and listen.
Believe it or not, as the financial situation gets worst in this country so does the way we treat each other. Companies charge more and give less service. God isn’t charging more and giving less. In fact God is constantly giving us what we need and all he asks is that we believe in Him. It’s amazing how we’ll toe-the-line with worldly situations, but we’ll ignore the word of God. While I believe President Obama, like every other president can be a tool of God, he isn’t God. As citizens of this country, we shouldn’t think he can or will solve everything wrong with society today. Just in case you didn’t know here’s the biggest problem in this country in a nutshell. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I truly believe the love of money is what is killing this country. Notice I didn’t say money is the root of all evil. I, like the Bible, said the love of money is the root of all evil.
There’s nothing evil about making a deserving profit. However, we’ve seem to have forgotten, Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” America has sold her soul to the love of money. It’s nothing new. Every great and powerful society before us has done the exact same thing. It has to do with the evil which comes when we bleed every cent out of every customer, every time they enter our store or are in need of our services. This mentality produces greed, which in turn produces a slow evolving destructive evilness. While evil is always destructive it doesn’t always appear in the form of ugliness. According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word evil means to do something harmful. Webster’s also says evil is sin. America would be a better place if the love of money hadn’t become more important than the love of people.
Here’s a corporate example. The other day I went to AT&T to pay a cell phone bill. At this particular AT&T office there was a sophisticated computerized payment machine standing in the corner looking shiny and new. Being the computer expert that I am, I talked into the machine. I waved my hand in front of the screen. I even clapped. Then the guy behind the counter told me to just touch the screen. I noticed there was a place to put money in but not a place to get my change. The guy behind the counter said the computer didn’t give change back. My change would go towards next month’s bill. As a former banker I realized AT&T could take all the extra change from people all around the world and probably make a nice profit from investing said change. We in turn have to give up our coffee money or a bucket of range balls. So, I decided to just pay the real person standing behind the counter. However, he informed me, to do so would cost me an extra five dollars! I told him I thought that was interesting customer service. Then I drove to my bank, where I get free money orders and sent AT&T the exact amount. The payment would be late.
Here’s a social example. Did you know racism towards Black people was originally a love of money issue and not a hate issue? Now it’s an evil sin that has spread. Blacks were used as slaves not because of hatred, but it was a practical solution to a labor problem. Early Americans tried enslaving Native Indians, but that didn’t work. So they brought Africans, who because of the distinctness of their skin could not run away and hide. Throughout history there have always been slaves. New Americans just did it more brutally than most. Hatred came as a result of guilt and greed. Many New Americans thought people shouldn’t treat other human being so brutally. Other New Americans decided to declare Africans less than human. They thought this declaration would allow them to continue mistreating human-beings without the guilt. This produced a hatred and mentality which still effects society today.
There has been a barrage of family type murder-suicides lately. Reading the information about these horrible killings, I’ve noticed most of them mention financial problems or job loss, as a possible motive. Drug pushers don’t sell drugs to kids because they are trying to spread a little happiness. They do it for money. All those top CEO’s who stole the life savings of many hard-working people did it because of greed.
The bottom line is this. If we want to make this country a better place to live, let’s not depend on some stimulus plan. First we need to pray, for our country, its people and its president. Then, we all need to look into the mirror and ask and answer some very difficult questions. As difficult as it may be I, for one believe in the potential of Americans.

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