All of a sudden we are made aware of a crisis, and we presume that the solution to the whole matter is MONEY! Manipulative processes are applied that appear to tentatively resolve the problem. The real problem is much deeper than it first appears, and somewhere down the road, the chickens will come home to roost.
For a moment we need to be realistic about our need versus our greed. There are obviously a large number of people who have befallen upon “hard times”, but there are those who have put themselves into this mess. I refuse to individualize each person’s situation, but I can say that the Scripture warns, (and remember that Timothy, the preacher/pastor is being addressed as well as the congregants) : “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
When greed replaces our need, it takes such a hold on our lives that our income and outlay clash. I read recently, how in one particular country, the increase in family confrontations, as a result of families being at home for more hours, have placed exceptional demands on the police. Here, in the Phoenix area, it is considered the most dangerous situation that a law officer may have to encounter.
I must commend the demonstrations of concern that we have seen displayed of recent. It reminds me of the instruction God gave Moses to give to the people as they were engaged in journeying, and then residing in the Promised Land; these folk were under tight laws, even to caring for the “poor man”. (Exodus 20 thru 24)
The solution is obvious: “Flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6: 11) These are the things that form a balanced diet in regard to finances.