The Shark Tank reality TV show sparks business activity; it evaluates and funds promising entrepreneurs. One panelist is noted for reminding guests and the audience how much he loves money—that, of all the reasons he invests, the love of huge earnings is at the top of his list. Of course, every investor hopes to earn a return, but this tycoon’s passion for profits reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s warning about the love of money. Writing to Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 6, Paul reminds this young pastor and leader that “people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” Paul says, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” Of course we all know the necessity of money to obtain goods and services in our society. Sadly, many people need education and discipline on how to manage the funds at their disposal. But when love of money exceeds our love of God and our love of people, we are in great danger of forfeiting the benefits of a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father—all for a mess of pottage.
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Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More