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The Angry Lover

Making a whip out of some cord, He drove them all out of the Temple
John 2:13-25

Sermon Topic Greed

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 2:15


Last year, a major U.S. industrial giant made a profit of $600 million dollars. Not bad! As the end of the year approached, the company made an announcement that had been eagerly awaited by the big stock traders on Wall Street: the corporation was going to get rid of 10,000 of its employees. Why? Because by eliminating those 10,000 jobs, the company could increase its profits in the short-term. The announcement said nothing about what the decision would do to the 10,000 employees who got those pink slips. When the announcement came, a big cheer went up on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and all of Wall Street celebrated as the company's stock immediately jumped 9 points. Commenting on the event, one syndicated news analyst said that it reflected a growing attitude of people at the top in industry and finance that only "sissies" care about the workers. The word "tough" is venerated and it's being used more and more to mask greed."

A few years ago, "Rotarian" magazine told the story of a certain organization that offered a bounty of $5,000 each for wolves captured alive. It turned Sam and Jed into fortune hunters. Day and night they scoured the mountains and the forests looking for their valuable prey. Exhausted one night, they fell asleep on the ground, dreaming of their potential fortune. Suddenly, Sam awoke to see that they were surrounded by at least fifty angry wolves with flaming eyes and bared teeth. Sam nudged his companion and said, "Jed, wake up! We're rich!"

During the United States' Great Depression, many wealthy persons who had lost everything gave personal testimonies which said that they had not begun to discover what life was all about until their fortunes had been wiped out and they had to "begin all over again." Why must the greedy wait for disaster to strike and the "wolves are at the door" before they will wake up to the truth of Henry David Thoreau's observation that money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul?

"Avoid greed in all its [...]

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