Magazine article Anglican Journal

Pierced by Sorrows, but Called to Joy

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Pierced by Sorrows, but Called to Joy

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People my age or older will remember quite a few sayings (and a surprising number of pop songs) that warned us that life is not about money. It seems long ago and quaint when the biblical phrase fell quickly off our elders' tongues: "The love of money is the root of all evil." I now believe they should have reminded us of the rest of the verse: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" Timothy 6:10, King James Version). We now are living into that warning.

Economics, almost always crudely calculated in terms of financial profit and loss, has become the primary field of understanding and evaluating human action. In other words, it has become our morality. Economics ruthlessly designs our daily lives and solely determines the quality of the environment we live in. This reality has become so pervasive that most of us are unable to recognize that, in less than a generation, we have yielded the sovereignty of our lives to economics. We are hypnotized by its power; we are overcome by its authority; we have lost our joy and dignity to its tyranny.

It seems absurdly obvious to say that this is a spiritual issue, but we need reminding. …

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