1 Timothy 6:9 (NIV) Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
I often think about our safe, comfortable middle-class existences. Do we in North America not desire to be rich? We are rich. If we so chose, we could simply not work, yet not starve. Opportunities abound for those willing to accept them.
Our lands have seldom been attacked. We are very safe in relation to the rest of the world.
Even our churches are comfortable with padded pews, multi-media systems and , espresso bars in the foyers.
If we are not rich, what are we?
What are some of the “many foolish and harmful desires”? The pursuit of ‘stuff’? Luxury SUV’s? Houses with 5 bathrooms? $300 Jeans? Psychiatry for our pets? Fake boobs?
What is more important to us than our comfort and convenience? How is it benefiting us and others?
I like comfort and convenience as much as the next person. But is the world a better place by our pursuit of them?
I read this post recently. What is the danger in being a middle-class comfortable Christian?
It summarizes many of my thoughts. I welcome yours.