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Warned to Weep Over Wealth (14 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
The 51 member House Banking Committee began a crucial meeting in Washington recently with prayer. The committee was facing work on President Bush's $157 billion savings and load plan. Del. Walter Fauntroy said that in nineteen years he had never felt compelled to begin a committee session with prayer, but was moved to offer one because of the extraordinary importance and expense of the savings and loan bail out. This is the biggest taxpayer bail out ever in this country.
Seems strange that we can pray in Washington over money, but we can't pray in school over the students. I wonder which is most important!
Would Jesus drive a BMW?
We all know that money does strange things to people. Looks like the lack of it causes at least some people to pray.
James thunders into this fifth chapter like an Old Testament prophet, as he warns about money. This rebuke is so strong that some feel that these first six verses are directed to the ungodly rich, rather than the godly rich. But to whomever it is delivered, it is a bone rattling message. As Bo would say, "It cuts to the quick."
In order to get a grasp of this section, we must do a little background study of the 1st Century and then attempt to deal with current concerns from a Scriptural view. Our outline will be as follows:
I. WEALTH IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.
As we approach the passage, we should understand that James is not condemning riches. Money is not immoral; it is amoral. How it is used determines its morality. A great many people have the idea that there is something dirty about money. But Paul told Timothy that it is the "love of money that is the root of all evil." If germs cling to money, as we are told, let's learn how they do it.
* Money may be a curse, but you can always find someone to take the curse away from you.
* Nowadays the family that buys together, cries together.
Would Jesus dri ...
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