Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Greed one of the 7 Deadly Sins

This is part one of the sermon on Greed by Abi Carlisle-Wilke

Greed Don Trump and Martha Stewart
April 2, 2006
Acts 5:1-11

Greed is a sin that bites us all, lures us in, saying come on in, we’ll have a good time. Martha Stewart isn’t the first person to go to prison for their actions caused by greed. Many a person who has wanted more has found themselves bit by the Greed bug. It is that voice that says come on you have got to have more this is not enough, more I say, and you and I listen and go okay I do have to have more and go get more. And either people find themselves up to their eyeballs in debt for trying to have more, or working 2 or 3 jobs. But here is the big but there is no satisfaction, it is a continuous want for more…..
Martha Stewart was caught by her desire to have more in stock trade gone bad. Yes she did learn some things from having done that. Her stock has taken a hit, her program the apprentice with the Don didn’t work out, I don’t think she has ever recovered from it.
Donald J. Trump's casino empire has filed for bankruptcy protection after months of negotiations with bondholders over restructuring a crushing debt. There have been a whole slew of companies brought under by their ceo’s urge for greed. Enron World com Adelphia the list could go on.

Testifying before Congress, Alan Greenspan named "infectious greed" as the culprit in the current rash of corporate scandals. The Federal Reserve Board chairman showed that his knack for coining defining phrases hasn't been dulled by the down market. But someone like Greenspan spanking businessmen for exhibiting greed feels a bit like a betrayal. We’d been told all along that greed--well harnessed and regulated--was good not only for corporations, but society as a whole, even the poor. We’ve come to think that greed is an ambiguous quality--sometimes good, sometimes bad.

Discuss Affluenza
And * Curing Affluenza-Six 25-minute videos featuring Tony Campolo

And yes we can look at them and say; well that is them billionaires but we don’t see how that has anything to do with us. We are not like them. We don’t have the near the amount of money they have.


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