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Exod. 20:17 ''You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.''
Message Truth: The subject of coveting deals directly with the matter of the heart. It is usually the first commandment that we break and the hardest to keep. God is very concerned that we do not allow our goods to turn into gods.
1. One day Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street with two small boys who were both crying loudly. A neighbor passing by inquired. ''What's the matter, Abe? Why all the fuss?'' Lincoln responded, ''The trouble with these lads is what's wrong with the world; one has a nut and other wants it!''
2. An inscription on a tombstone in an English graveyard reads; ''She died for want of things.'' The husband's marker next to it says, ''He died trying to give them to her.'' Chronic discontentment is endemic, it seems. One survey found that of people aged 18-39 only 30% considered themselves ''very satisfied with life.'' Only one out of six was happy with their income.
3. A research project on Religion and Economic Values at Princeton University found the following:
- 89% agreed that our society is too materialistic.
- 74% said materialism is a serious social problem.
- 71% said society would be better off with less emphasis on money.
- 90% said children want too many material things.
- 75% felt advertising corrupts our basic values.
- 71% consider greed is a sin.
4. Too many of us know far too well what it means to keep up with the Jones's, only to find that when we get there the Jones's have refinanced, and moved on.
5. Will Rogers once said that people spend money they do not have, to buy things they do not need, to impress people they do not like.
COVETING: UNDERSTANDING THE BIG PICTURE
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