Do We Have to Hide (or Avoid) Success to Be Good People?
Just learned of Faithful America and hit Like, and I'm delighted to find this force for good: (The slogan is: "We are all in this together. Our faith compels us to act. End poverty. Restore community. Uphold the common good.")
Of course, my first move on finding the website was to comment there on the one item that I have reservations about. Here's a slightly adapted version of what I wrote:
I agree 99%, as it happens, with what I see. The exception: The references to the verse about not serving God and money can easily seem to argue against financial success.
A lot of people of our persuasion are suspicious of both money and success. I think that does us harm. Money can be earned honestly and used well. Money can elect liberal Democrats and send planeloads of food. After spending some months in India, I think most Americans are wealthy, even with our struggles, worries, and financial pressures. Most of us are trying to meet standards that much of the world never gets in sight of.
There is certainly a difference between serving money — and earning and using money well. I don't quarrel with that at all. But it's a distinction that's very often ignored.
I think we err to the degree that we automatically mistrust a potential resource for good or question the character of every person who succeeds financially. It puts people in the position of hiding success — sort of like hiding one's intelligence in school because of social pressure, or playing down one's strength and competence if one is female. And that winds up being wasteful.
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