Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - Birth, Marriages & Deaths - Liz Gib­son

‘Sell your pos­ses­sions and give alms. Make purses for your­selves that do not wear out, an un­fail­ing trea­sure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth de­stroys. For where your trea­sure is, there your heart will be also.’ ( Luke 12.33- 34)

RE­ALLY? Yes, re­ally. Why aren’t there head­lines about peo­ple avoid­ing or sidestep­ping this in­struc­tion? Per­haps be­cause it’s harder for the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple than the ideas of moral­ity more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with re­li­gion?

I know I’m not the only one who isn’t obey­ing it to the let­ter. Don’t get me wrong – I give money to char­ity, which is the mod­ern un­der­stand­ing of giv­ing alms. Many peo­ple give to char­ity in some way. Some­times it’s those with the least who are most gen­er­ous pro­por­tion­ally.

But still most peo­ple in de­vel­oped coun­tries have more pos­ses­sions than are strictly nec­es­sary. We may not buy huge amounts but it still ac­cu­mu­lates. ‘ Waste not, want not’ may make us re­luc­tant to get rid of too much in case it might come in use­ful in the fu­ture. ‘ Make do and mend’ is back in fash­ion. Re­cy­cling and up­cy­cling are be­com­ing more nor­mal. So at least there’s an aware­ness of the is­sues.

So many peo­ple have no choice. What­ever our be­liefs, those of us with choice need to con­sider how what we own can be used to make the world a bet­ter place. It would be good to see the many read­ings about money and pos­ses­sions be­ing taken at least as se­ri­ously as any other parts of the Bi­ble.

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