MONEY AND SOCIETY 金钱与保障

And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years;
take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”
Luke 12:19 NKJV

What do the richest people in the world do with their money? Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have declared they will leave their fortune to charity. Gates has started foundations to fund research against AIDS and Malaria. Larry Ellison of Oracle bought a Hawaiian island. Other billionaires like Carlos Slim buy soccer clubs, expensive paintings, and private jets. Richard Branson of Virgin bought an eight-seater spaceship. “Spare cash” is a great blessing; it buffers us from storms. But the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21 tells us one thing: that surplus is not necessarily security!

There is no evil in being rich. God wants to make our lives overflow, so we can abound for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). The rich fool was a fool not because he was rich; he was a fool because of how he founded his existence on money (Luke 12:19). That led to pride and self-worship. But it is God who gives us the power to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), and when we realise that, it takes us away from self-absorption to stewarding HIS money!

Ultimately, nothing belongs to us. When we think our money is ours, we will do what the rich fool did: use it to build more storehouses (Luke 12:18). Our lives become bound up in only one purpose: the focused accumulation of wealth. Multiplying money is not evil, but loving it for its sake is (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus calls it covetousness (Luke 12:15), and the mark of such avarice is this: that we define ourselves by “the abundance of things we possess”, in short: our net worth! Strange. Visit any cemetery and you will never find a single tombstone lauding a dead person’s net worth. Yet we spend so much of our lives accumulating what finally does not matter, and in so doing, miss out on our true purpose.

“然后要对我的灵魂说:灵魂哪,你有许多财物积存,
可作多年的费用,只管安安逸逸的吃喝快乐罢!”
路加福音12:19

世界上的有钱人是如何运用钱财呢?马克·扎克伯格 (Mark Zuckerberg) 和比尔·盖茨 (Bill Gates) 两人都公开声明,将自己的财富留给慈善机构。盖茨目前已开始成立基金会资助抗艾滋病和抗疟疾的医学研究。甲骨文公司 (Oracle) 的创始人,拉里埃里森 (Larry Ellison) 买下了夏威夷其中一个岛屿。其他的亿万富翁, 如: 卡洛斯·斯利姆 (Carlos Slim) 收购足球俱乐部、购买高价名画及私人飞机。维珍航空 (Virgin Airlines) 的理查德·布兰森 (Richard Branson) 则买下了一艘8人座的太空船。“金钱有余” 是非常大的祝福。它帮助我们度过生命中的重重难关。然而,无知富翁的故事(路加福音 12:13-21)给我们带来了一个启示:金钱有余并不一定对生命有所保障!

富裕并不是罪恶。上帝想让我们生活福杯满溢,然后我们才能多行各样善事(歌林多后书 9:8)。无知富翁的愚蠢并不是因为他富有,而是他错把生命建立在金钱上 (路加福音 12:19)。因此,他陷入了自豪与自我崇拜的陷阱当中。事实上,我们得财富的能力是上帝赐给我们的 (申命记 8:18)。当我们领悟此事时,就会远离自私自利的念头,好好地管理上帝的财物!

最终,世上没有任何事物是属于我们的。当我们认为金钱是属于我们的时候,我们就像那位无知的富翁一样: 使用金钱去建立更多的仓房(路加福音 12:18)。我们的生活将受限于一个目标: 专注于积累更多财富。赚取更多金钱并非邪恶之为,但是贪图财富则是万恶之根 (提摩太前书 6:10)。耶稣称那为贪婪 (路加福音 12:15),而内心贪婪的症状就是:我们将以 “所拥有的财富“ 来评个人价值!真是奇怪了。当您去扫墓时,并不会在任何的墓碑上看见死人生前的净资产值呀!然而,我们却为了积累一些不重要的事物去浪费生命,而错过了人生真正的意义。

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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