One of the most misquoted verses in the Old Testament is, “Money is the root of all evil.” Hopefully, YOU know the correct verbiage is, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” See 1 Timothy 6:9-11 (KJV) “9 but they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 for the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” Putting anything or anyone above or loving it more than God is evil, and this evil is often portrayed in money. Exodus 20:3 (KJV) “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
At least once a day, I check the spam folder in my email. Sometimes, I even read the body just for entertainment. No, I do NOT click on any of the links; rather, I scan the subjects and the sender because occasionally an email that I do want lands in that place.
Reading through some of these and the names of the senders themselves just cracks me up. Whether they know it or not, they’re sending me free entertainment. Here are some that I’ve found highly entertaining…LDSPlanet.com: about dating. My limited knowledge of astronomy made me wonder where planet LDS is…then, BINGO … Oh! that LDS Planet… the one in Utah. Then there was the one from Lydia Fiqueroa (yes it was a ‘q’), regarding New Mmoortgage rates. I don’t think I want to borrow money from someone who can’t spell. On any given day, I get spam emails from the FBI telling me that I have to respond immediately. Then there’s the scam-spam from the ‘old friend’ who got stuck in some foreign country and I must send him money so he can come home. Or, I have won the zigggity-zillion lottery, so send a hundred dollars to cover their expenses of getting a cashier’s check for me. Just today, I got this one, copying exactly here: (subject line) First $6000.00 was sent today … Mrs. Mrs Juliet E John .. firstname.lastname@example.org .
The thread that connects all of these spam-mails is money. Remember the old adage, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is”? Therein lay the corruption.
How would you respond if any one of these emails were in your inbox?
There is nothing wrong with money and things when they are in balance. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:12, (KJV) “all things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Most likely, spam should be left where you find it (the original Spam™ even had a key to get into it and when it was opened, a ragged, sharp edge was left on can – makes me wonder).
Be prudent in life and be careful in whom you place your trust. Sure, some people will win the lottery and some may even inherit a windfall from a stranger, but don’t let these fantasies rule your life.
Rather than worship the created or the creature (stars, crystals, money, gold, silver, diamonds, rock stars, tea leaves and such), worship the Creator – the One who loves YOU, no matter what – the One Who created all.
©2014 Cat Brennan