A German monk exclaimed that, no “greater sin” lies within a man than to steal nourishment from another. Adorned with jewels, applauded by his peers, deemed pious, “such a man ought rather be hung from the gallows.” Thus were Martin Luther’s regards for money gluttons and usurers.
Life’s nourishment comes from nature’s bounty. We feel rich or poor according to our having access to Earth’s sustenance and by industry’s productive capacities to process natural resources into needed consumer goods. Our ever-increasing rates of production require ever-greater rates of resource depletion per unit of labor. Nature’s capital is being greatly diminished as more become employed in this competitive process. Obtaining an economic advantage has become the obsession of all desiring increased incomes, sense of well-being, profits and possibly great wealth.
Forbes recently reported that 87 individuals command more of nature’s transformed nourishment (wealth) than half the world’s combined population. Demands beyond that needed to support life now define individual success, wealth and personal worth.
Future generations will likely regard our excessive appetites as an intrusion into their quality of life. Nature’s capital transformed into financial papers and computer data bytes will offer little nourishment for them. Present successes may be deemed as our sinful failings.
Consolation may come from knowing that a few boldly spoke out. A German monk, Pope Francis and our Lord warned against serving mammon (wealth and possessions having debasing effects). Whom one serves has life-defining results.
— Lynn Slagel
God’s economy is a win-win
There seems to be an “economic Darwinism” philosophy in our midst. We know greed caused our depression/recession that hit us six years ago. yet where is the outrage at the powers that caused this? Christians believe they must have atoned for their sins. Now it’s more important to go after the 3 to 5 percent of welfare abusers.