Monday, 6 April 2015

Blinded by our Prosperity: The Deceptive Power of mammon

"You say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
- Jesus Christ to the church at Laodicea, Revelation 3: 17.

“When human beings refuse to use God’s gift of money responsibly, they are handing over their power to Mammon, and he will take control. And when the powers take over, human beings get crushed.”
- N.T. Wright, Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship, 1994. 

Any who have spent time in San Francisco may recognize at least some of these historical notables: Thomas Larkin, John Fremont, George Dewey, John Sloat, and Frederick Funston. Not only do major streets bear their names, but so do the city’s most prominent statues. They are honored among those who put San Francisco on the map. Collectively, they laid the foundation for what would become a major Pacific Rim center for multinational business elites.

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