But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary: “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”
Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.
Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry. What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.
They say life isn’t fair. How comes they get to be rich and I don’t? I want someone to set that right for me.
So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servants or his female servants, or his ox or his donkey or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Think about it. All your politicians declaring the right you have to their version of “social justice”.
Your neighbor has much and you have little, that’s not fair.
What is the politician instructing you to do?
And where does coveting lead?
It leads you right up through commandments nine to six.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Because you neighbor has more than you he must be doing something wrong. He must be a bigot, a racist or some sort of ruthless bastard out to screw you.
“You shall not steal.”
Hey Mr. or Ms. Politician, go in there and confiscate some of my neighbors wealth, he has more than he needs and boy could I use it.
“You shall not commit adultery.”
Screw it. I got nothing else and everybody else is getting some why not me. Okay that’s a stretch but you also can say we end up having a love affair with possessions.
“You shall not commit murder.”
You might not think it’s true now but look at what happens to regimes that are overthrown by revolutions. Some of those regimes aren’t so brutal they were just unlucky to have so much of what someone else wants, usually wealth and power.
I’m not saying brutal regimes shouldn’t be overthrown or trying to justify their brutality. I’m just pointing out the nature of man and what transpires because of covetousness. The revolution may start out all righteous but soon it becomes about getting some of what someone else has. Killing is justified in the name of sharing the wealth.
Christ says: “guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
God only gave us ten commandments and covetousness is at the bottom like the foundation of a building, the foundation of sin.
I believe what God and Christ are trying to tell us is this; look I gave you all that you need to have an abundant and fulfilling life. But to live and experience that gift you have to keep your eyes on yourself and work within yourself. Do not be distracted by your neighbors and their possessions. They will have to settle their account some day. You just keep track of yours.
And watch out for the politicians for they covet and know how to use your covetousness to get whatever they want.
Feel free to substitute devil for politicians.
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