The Common Good

The Idolatry Of Money

Source: fin24
Date: December 30, 2013

‘TIS THE SEAON to be jolly, sure, but it’s also the season to reflect on big issues, to look back on the year past and make resolutions about leading a better life.

The new Pope, Francis, had some suggestions for the world in late November 2013.

The first Pope to hail from outside of Europe in 1 300 years is also turning out to be the most interesting Pope in a long time. I have a feeling that the brown-skinned, brown-eyed, homeless lang-harige opstoker who set the whole thing going 2000 years ago would be pleased – you know the oke who threw the money-changers out of the Temple and urged people to do unto others as you’d have them do to you?......

I once interviewed a writer from the US, Jim Wallis, author of the 2005 book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, who told me a little story. When he was studying at the seminary, he and fellow students took an old bible and they cut out of it every verse that referred to how one should treat the poor, the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable. In the end, he said, they had a bible that looked like lace and a pile of confetti on the floor – clear evidence of the importance of these issues in Judaeo-Christian faith.