The Apostle Paul warned us almost two thousand years ago:
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[c] we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Greed is not good! It never has been, and it never will be.
Of course, to all the "die-hard capitalists" out there, this isn't necessarily good news. I remember my wonderful friend/mentor Dr Jackie Johns (who often reads and posts here) once saying that "the Lord does hate godless communism. But He also hates godless capitalism...especially when it is "godless."
The Scriptures tells us about the destructive effects of "greed." We have vivid and sobering examples throughout the New Testament (and the Old Testament as well, I might add), and more than a plethora in recent human history.
I applaud President Obama's Executive Order putting a cap on "executive pay" for those institutions who have "begged the taxpayer" for financial bailouts in recent months...and in the future.
But the 'rich' aren't the only ones guilty of "greed." I know plenty of poor folks who are 'greedy" as well....I was raised in such an environment. We never seemed to have enough...and always wanted more..more...more.
Now, I've learned (after all these years) to be thankful for everything I do have...it comes from the hand of God, and to count my blessings. I am far too busy counting what I do have to fret over what I don't have....
And I often look at it this way, what I "don't have" doesn't need dusting!