Is Money The Root Of All Evil?
We always hear people say that money is the cause or root of all evil.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.” 1Timothy 6:10 (International Standard Version).
Referring to the verse, it is not the “money”, rather, it is the “love of money” as the root of all evil.
Money is used to trade for our product or service. We receive money for our salary or pay for our service. We use that same money to obtain the product or service of other people. In this civilized society, money is important tool of transaction. Of course we can use other goods to transact or trade, but you most probably not trade your smartphone for a live and kicking bull! I just can’t imagine how you are going to put that bull in your pocket? Of course I am exaggerating the scenario for you to see clearly, and to make you laugh at the same time.
It is to those who has the “lack of money” and try to gain it at the extent of doing evil to acquire it. It is to those has “lots of money” hoarding a great pile of it for the use in evil things to the extent of oppressing others.
There is a saying that goes: “It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good too, to make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”
Money cannot buy you happiness; but it can buy things that make you happy. Money cannot buy you love; but it can buy you things that make your love ones happy. Money cannot buy your health; but it can buy you healthy foods to eat that will make you healthy. Money cannot buy your ticket to heaven to be with your God; but it can buy you ticket for your train to go to your church and serve your God.
Lord Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 16: 27: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” So you have to make sure that you know the limits. You have to put money in its right place and don’t give too much emphasis on it at the extent of losing or selling your values in exchange. Do you remember the story of Judas? Yes, right, I am talking about Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin for thirty silver coins. It was a great sum of money at that time, but he did not profit with it, rather, he lost his life because of it. It was told in Acts 1:18 that he bought a piece of land with the money he received; there he fell headlong and his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. What a tragic end! This was written in the Bible to serve as a warning.