Topic: personal essay
For the Love of Money
Coin of the realm is too often the devil’s toy. People will kill to get even a miniscule bit of it. It’s amazing how hard some people will work to not earn an honest dollar. Does it really make any sense? People will use violence and subterfuge to take what others have worked so hard to earn. Even if they aren’t caught, they will spend their life looking over their shoulders.
Then we have the opposite end of the scale. These are the workaholics, the ones that know how to earn money legitimately. They spend every minute of every day looking for ways to make money. These are the types that will spend a fortune to have the most fancy house on the block to show everyone how rich he is. Then he will spend every available minute away from home earning even more money.
The only question I have is, why? The biblical statement, “The love of money is the root of all evil” is very true. In the first case it is obvious but what about the second? This person worships money above all else around him. Even family and friends come in second. This is because money is an idol to be bowed down to. Why is the answer to everything based on money?
I can understand the need for money to cover the basic needs. I can even understand the desire for a few extras. I cannot understand the need to be rich. Why does a person’s ego have to be so big as to have to show off to everyone? What makes material possessions more precious than the love of one another? Why do people think the only way they can prove their worth is by the things they can buy? I have more respect for the beggar that says thank you for the dollar I give than I do for the rich man that turns up his nose at this same beggar.
What do you respect, money, or faith?