And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed: for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15, NRSV)
I do not have a lot to say about this, other than to notice that John Wesley’s words about “The Danger of Riches” are no more listened to by United Methodists in 2014 than they were 300 years ago.
The nation is turned upside down and inside out over sex. Nothing lights up the Internet more than a debate about what Jesus meant when he quoted Genesis or what Paul knew about the living arrangements of Corinthians.
Why don’t we get in the same kind of uproar over Jesus Christ’s words about riches and wealth? Why do we not anguish over whether we are obeying God in this regard? Why don’t we get stirred up when Jesus says “lay not up treasures on Earth”?