I was planning to write about a different topic this week, but two recent news articles left me slack-jawed and pivoting to this one, instead.
On Linkedin recently, a physician entrepreneur posted a comment questioning whether the love of money is the root of all evil—in reference to the news about the $145 million-dollar settlement that a health tech company agreed to pay related to kickback allegations involving a pharmaceutical company.
The next day, I read about the arrest of a prominent U.S. scientist and academic at one of the country’s most respected universities for a number of purported shady dealings.
I had some pretty strong visceral reactions to both.
In the first, anger that the welfare of patients is apparently being given a back seat to corporate greed—in a dynamic that also appears to fuel the opioid epidemic.
And in the second, both dismay and sadness that such a high-profile individual would apparently be willing to risk everything for…what? Perhaps the hefty sums involved provide a clue.
While these two stories are disturbing, unfortunately, they’re merely the headlines of the day.
These kinds of dynamics are rampant in today’s society, where greed in its various forms takes precedence over the foundations of integrity.
The love of money and prestige drive many destructive dynamics—and I think what may-often-be-the-case is that it’s a gradual process of self-deceit.
And we’re all vulnerable to it.
That’s why Jesus stressed the importance of investing in eternal matters, rather than the things of this earth (Matthew 6: 19-21).
And the Apostle Paul cautioned about falling prey to “the love” of money (I Timothy 6:10).
All this reminds me of the story about the frog and the pot of water.
Essentially, if the little guy hops into a pot of boiling water, he’ll immediately recognize the danger and hop back out.
However, if he hops into a pot of tepid water that gradually warms up—he’ll hang out until he dies because he doesn’t recognize the danger in the changing environment around him.
I think it’s the same with the love of money and anything else that’s driven by our egos and pride.
Within the seemingly-benign-yet-questionable decisions we make.
The small lapses in judgement or decisions to ignore the little voice of warning within.
We could end up following a path God didn’t intend.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with achieving success.
In fact, I’d love some of that, too.
However, if we’re not careful about how that’s achieved, we may step out of the path God has planned—and be vulnerable to dynamics that won’t be good for us in the end.
Feature photo by Josh Appel.
This post is adapted from Sue’s Perspectives column in the latest edition of The Empowered Traveler™ Newsletter. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can do that here: Subscribe to Sue’s newsletter.