Half truths are the most dangerous of all truths.
We’re smart enough to be able to spot a lie from a mile away. It’s usually the half-truths that trip us up.
Money promises a lot of half truths. The mistake we make is believing that the promises of money hold some type of ultimate truth.
The more money we have, the more we’re able to control our lives.
If you’re wealthy, you can pay the best doctors to look into your sicknesses and ailments. If you have money, you’re able to buy your own vehicle (and fix it). This allows you more control over your schedule. If you don’t like what the church is doing, I’m guessing your voice is more likely to be heard if you make significant contributions to the church.
In the end, wealth is deceitful because there is so much about our lives God controls regardless of how much money a person has.
I think security is one of the top American idols.
Those with money can pick up and move to a new neighborhood. Money allows you to buy window locks, security bars, and top quality locks. Those with money can install cameras and sensors.
In the end, wealth is deceitful because if we find security by isolating ourselves, we’ll always find one more element of our personal security we cannot control.
If I had a million dollars, I’d …
We often creatively think about all the things we’d do with a million dollars with a smile on our faces. We could jet off to Disney World any time we wanted. We could buy that new car and new computer we’ve been saving up for. We’d be out of debt.
Alas, life seems like it would indeed be happier with more money.
In the end, wealth is deceitful because if you find your happiness in wealth, you’ll postpone being happy until you have just a little bit more.
We act differently around the multimillionaire.
We think those who are richer are smarter and more intelligent. We take pictures, post on Facebook, and Tweet about experiences where we encountered someone rich and famous. Those with more money tend to be viewed as more significant and more important.
In the end, wealth is deceitful because if you derive your significance from what you have, you’ll find a deep emptiness and pain. God created us to be loved for who we are – not for what we earn and what we have.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:3).
Being poor is different than begin poor in spirit. Still, those with much often find it more difficult to be poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to recognize your absolute emptiness without God.
How do we guard ourselves against the half-truths of wealth?
We must constantly remind ourselves that what we have and who we are is from God. We must never expect money to give us anything (control, security, happiness, and significance) that only God can give. Nevertheless, we are not blind to the reality that money does indeed provide these things in a minimal and fleeting way.