Saturday, September 20, 2008

God and Mammon/ Jesus and the Stock Market

What a week in the stock market! How is your retirement nest egg looking? How is our heart looking?

It amazes me how many financial newsletters are out there, how many people need make sure they have the right fund manager. If the right fund manager leaves the fund, the fund is in trouble. They are the financial "saviors". We will follow whoever makes us money, to the end of the earth.

I have to watch this, too. We have to manage our finances, and save for the future, our children's education... We know it too well.

Yet, it is incredible how we can be so serious about this, and yet not realize we need another "Savior". What about not just following the stock market, but following the Lord? Should one not be much more serious about that!? The stock market does what it wills. The government does what it wills. For sure, we will die and leave it all behind.

We don't want to win the world and loose our souls.

"What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew: 16, 26)

I don't want to be too pious about this. I did not sleep well this week. In fact, I woke up every hour, even during what's usually your three first deep hours. But as the whole world saw the stock market pretty much crash, the whole world will see Him come in glory. That event will be incomparably more momentous.

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