Posted by: goodgoat | 14 October, 2008

The last few weeks

1 Timothy 6: 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The last few weeks have seen huge volatility and close to the collapse of the value of money and “the market”. As the text above puts it, we’re born naked and leave the world naked, so let’s be content with food and clothing and not be greedy.

Now I’m no economist but it seems to me that money is a token that we use in place of barter. Money in itself is worth nothing if trust has gone – and as far as I can tell it’s the trust that has gone in the world of banks and high finance.

If money were to lose its value completely then what would be valuable – food, fire (for warmth and cooking), water, shelter and human relationships.

Where are you investing your time and efforts – if it isn’t working to improve relationships, to bring some reconciliation into the world then is what your doing actually going to leave any lasting affect?

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