We’re at the halfway point in our 7 Deadly Sins series and this weekend we’re looking at the reality of greed. My hope is that in talking honestly about it, we can become more aware of where greed lurks in our lives and how we can be freed from its grip.
Because this one sin more than maybe any other is one that our culture struggles with a lot. And it is at the root of so much hurt and difficulty in particular, because greed works to supplant our trust in God. This is actually a key reality of our broken human condition – something we see repeated often, not only in our everyday life, but in the Scriptures as well. The theme is woven in from the beginning that we, as people, see something we think is good and simply take it. And then tragedy or calamity follow.
You can see this in the stories of:
- Adam & Eve (Genesis 3)
- Abraham & Sarah (Genesis 16)
- Aaron & the Golden Calf (Exodus 32)
- Achan & the Plundered Gold (Joshua 7)
- Israel choosing Saul as King (1 Samuel 10)
- King David & Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11)
In each case, what they saw wasn’t theirs and wasn’t for them. And although there’s more than just greed at play here, it’s certainly a key aspect.
We want to deal with this topic of greed because, if it’s clearly a big part of our broken reality as humans; if it’s at the root of all sorts of evil and hurt; if it encourages us to do things that lead, sooner or later, to calamity and chaos; and, if it damages our lives…well, wouldn’t you want to know how to be free of it?
I hope you’ll join us this weekend for this next part in our 7 Deadly Sins conversation.