Martin Luther King’s “False God of Money” Part 1

What do you really worship?

In 1953, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the worship of money. He said: “…millions today have made a god of money. Daily within our lives, altars smoke with sacrifices to this idol god. We attribute to the almighty dollar an omnipotence equal to that of the eternal God of the universe. We are always on the verge of rewriting the Scripture to read, ‘Seek ye first money and its power and all these other things will be added unto you.’ or ‘Money is my light and my salvation, what shall I fear?’ It causes men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. It leads to selfishness and causes men to surrender their ideals. Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve, the god of money or the eternal God of the universe.”

I’m grateful for Dr. King’s message. Most believers would admit that worshiping money or material possessions is unacceptable. Yet, where’s our true dependence? It should be with God, not our bank accounts, our homes, or career. Today, there’s a growing dependence on the government to solve problems and to provide for our needs. Is the government more important to our financial well-being than God?  For 150 years, U.S. currency carried the motto, “In God We Trust”. That was to keep us away from placing our trust in money. In reality, policymakers have rejected God and His financial principles. So I echo Dr. King’s insightful challenge to determine what we really worship.

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