Money and choice is what you want if you haven’t found something better to want.

Try this on. “Money and choice is what you want if you haven’t found something better to want.”   Our job as a church is to live in such a way that we create a living testimony that there are better things to want than solely money and choice.

Our culture is saturated however with the message that money and choice are it … the ultimate cultural achievements, what we are all to ‘want.’  And many of us are good at the game. I have made plenty of money in my life.  It has created a situation where my children in turn have access to educational opportunities and personal connections that clearly give them a leg up in continuing to write a “winner’s script.”   Is that wrong for our 5 kids to have those advantages?  Not necessarily.  After all, dis-advantaging your children is hardly good parenting either.   But it is only good within definitive limits.

What matters, I believe, is can we continually form our lives into a message that there is more to want than just money and choice?  Do our children know that?  In an era with fewer limits and few guarantees, I believe that knowledge is critical.

That something ‘more’ that I pray they want is not just knowledge per se of a religious nature (what many churches mistakenly believe their mission is).  It is living witness in which we draw alongside of suffering and create the human connectedness that is God’s ideal for us. Micah got it right ….

 ”He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you … But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah)

Do I want my children to suffer?  No.  (Though they will).  Do I want them to draw alongside of suffering?  Yes.  (And this will be their heart choice)  And that in the end, I pray, will right-size money and choice.

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