In June of last year it was reported that a 17 year old Chinese youth sold his kidney to buy an iPad2.
We recognize the folly of that kind of covetousness instantly. But what about greed that is closer to home?
Recently I read an excellent discussion of the much-used phrase “material blessings” in our church prayers. We thank God for all our “material blessings” but why do we consider our possessions to be “blessings”? God is to be thanked for all good things certainly, but are we sure that He smiles on every purchase? In presuming that they are “blessings” are we not immediately and unthinkingly justifying our lifestyles, no matter how grand?
Perhaps the most frightening thing about greed is the blind spot we all have when it comes to ourselves. Lusters feel their lust. Haters feel their hate. At once these sins feel sinful. Greed doesn’t feel greedy. Far more often it will feel like a need or a desert. Mostly it is born out a sense of entitlement or of unthinking selfishness. Our standard of living rises like the temperature in the pot, and we are the proverbial frog being slowly cooked alive.