Aug 23, 2015

30 Days of Birth Pangs - Day 9 Greed

2 Timothy 3:1-2 Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days.  People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited;

Greed... the mantra of the 1980's was "Greed is good."*  In the text, the word is Philaguros which means loving money, avarice.  The English definition is an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

Greedy Child
We all have that in us... desire, I want... As children, no one teaches us to be greedy, we ARE greedy.  Someone has to teach us to control that.  Parents indulge their children and instead of being satisfied and grateful for what they have become selfish, greedy, and grasping.  This carries over into adulthood.  No one is immune to this.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Greedy Government and Big Business
Shopping plays on that greed, we WANT.  Walk through your favorite store and pay attention to how you feel.  Get a few extra dollars in your hands and do you immediately spend it or start planning how you will spend it?  Go to a delicious buffet, do you overeat?

What makes last days greed different?  What are the markers that distinguish this greed from other times?

It is the celebration of greed as a worthy emotion, as not something to be tamed, but something to embraced.  As man abandons God, he worships at his own altar.  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24).

Greedy Pig
We are surrounded by intense greed - within ourselves, our companies, our governments, and sadly our churches.  The entire false gospel contained in the word of faith movement is based on the sin of greed.  Like all these birth pangs volumes could be written, but dear reader, I don't have to tell you.  You live in this world, you know.  In your lifetime has greed gotten better?  If the answer is No, then we are indeed fully in the pangs of this end times sign.

The Rapture Index Score for greed is at an 8 because we still have folks giving to charity, we still have people supporting and helping the helpless.  We have not yet totally descended.

Lovers of Self - Day 1 - Rapture Index Score:  10 out of 10
Perplexities of Nations - Day 2 - Rapture Index Score:  8 out of 10
Mass Animal Deaths - Day 3 - Rapture Index Score:  7 out of 10
Revilers - Day 4 - Rapture Index Score:  8 out of 10
Signs in the Heavens - Day 5 - Rapture Index Score:  9 out of 10
Commotions - Day 6 - Rapture Index Score:  7 out of 10
Scoffers - Day 7 - Rapture Index Score:  10 of 10
Vexed Souls - Day 8 - Rapture Index Score:  10 of 10
Greed -Day 9 - Rapture Index Score:  8 of 10
Total to date:  77 out of 90 or 85.55%

*Disclaimer - the context of the greed is good speech is basically free market capitalism, where a person reaps the rewards of their labor, which is good.  As a matter of fact, it is a hallmark of the Millennium.  Isaiah 65:21-22.