07 April 2016

Is money the root of all evil?

This is one of those Facebook memes that you read, smile or laugh at, click Like, and move on. It's meant to demonstrate, by referencing something in the Bible, that churches are hypocritical by for asking for money. It may reinforce what you already believe. There's a problem with it, though. The actual verse says: "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:10. This is part of a larger letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy, and here he's talking about obsession for money, not money itself. Paul is not demonizing money. This is an important distinction, and leaving these words out of the meme makes a big difference. But maybe that's the point. Whether you believe in the Bible or not is not important here. Instead, it's about the lack of nuance; the loss of understanding that comes with 140-character limits or trying to make a statement with a picture. I'd like to think that if we want to make a point, we should find a more accurate way to do it. I know, too much to ask. I can hope, right?
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