Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rich Men and God's Kingdom

It’s easier to shrink a camel, making it near microscopic,
Than to get a rich man into God’s kingdom.
It’s not that money’s evil,
      Nor that having lots of it is evil.
It’s that loving it—loving any of it—is evil.
It’s not that poverty is good, nor that wealth is bad.
It’s that money can quickly become a god,
      A false god that embezzles the souls of its followers.
The rich who chase money
      In the end are destitute and damned,
            Lockout out of God’s kingdom,
            Eternally lost.
They have made the worst financial bargain possible,
Trading eternal riches
For temporary pleasure.
They are proud of their wealth,
But end up more broke than the beggars they’ve despised.

Who is your god today?
What is your hope today?

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. --Mark 10:25

1 comment:

dfish said...

Fabulous Poem, Jim.

The problem is not with the having or lacking money, but with our attitude toward it.