Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today.

In 1 Timothy 6:9 St. Paul writes:

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”

When reading this I realized that this is why politics and politicians will always be corrupt.

I cannot speak for previous times, but I know in my lifetime politics has become a source for wealth and power and a home for those who covet such things.

In my lifetime the cost for seeking this power has escalated far beyond what anyone setting up a republic or democratic political system could have imaged.

Today a short span of political success can set you up for a lifetime of passive income, sizable passive income ranging from very comfortable retirement plans paid for by the people the politicians were to serve, to books both fiction and nonfiction but mainly fiction, to influence peddling.

So, “those who desire to be rich” are those who run for office.

Paul then states the inevitable.  They “fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”

“…senseless and harmful desires…”

How many political scandals do you look at and say to yourself, “What were they thinking? Don’t they have enough wealth and power, why did they risk what they have just to get more?”

They did it because covetousness perverted their judgement.

When Paul writes: “plunge people into ruin and destruction” he’s not just talking about the politicians, he’s also talking about the whole political system which is made up of all the people that fall under the control of the system.

Through the years I have steadily lost faith in politics and politicians.  And after reading these words from 1 Timothy 6:6-10, I have confirmed my previous conclusion that politics and politicians will always be corrupt.

There will never be the selfless dedicated public servant.

So the next time you think your candidate is as pure as the fresh driven snow and right as rain, remember they just laid out more money than you or I will ever see in a lifetime to obtain their position of prestige and power.  They are expecting something in return and it’s not our gratitude or approval.

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation…..”

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