Who is this God called Mammon?
(Matthew 6:24 NRSV) ""No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
"Wealth" doesn't measure up to the strength of the King James Version of Jesus' words. Here's the KJV:
(Matthew 6:24 KJV) "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
"Mammon" is the English transliteration of the Aramaic word that Jesus spoke. It is the better translation because it gives money a name. We name that which has life. And money has a life of its own.
Money talks. Money rules. Money opens doors. Money causes people's to see dollar signs. Money makes people speak in whispers. Money accesses political power. Money offers happiness, love, pleasure, security.
Money is the Master Charge that buys you everything. Money is your Visa to wherever you want to go.
This is Mammon — the God of Money.
These words of Jesus are not a condemnation of all money and finance. No where does the Bible say that God's plan for people is to be poor.
Not every dollar is Mammon. As long as our souls are in control of our money, dollars are just dollars. God intends that we handle money both in small and in great quantities. God's desire is that we stay in charge of money and tame it with acts of stewardship. Stewardship means that we turn money into God-honoring uses. Not every dollar is Mammon.
But every dollar has the potential to become Mammon. The God of Money seizes every opportunity to take control of our lives. Mammon takes a shot at us with every dollar we gain or lose, with every dollar we spend or charge. Mammon is relentless and never ceases to tempt us. Mammon is clever enough to play on our fears and devious enough to take advantag ...
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