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As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian: The Root of All Evil?

By Rich O'Brian

July 4, 2024

Money! There, did I get your attention?

There’s an old saying; “Money is the root of all evil.” But is that true? Can it be true... sometimes? The fact is that this line comes from the Bible, specifically from1 Timothy 6:10, which states: “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Did you miss the difference in the two lines? Well, of course, the Bible’s version included an important word: love. The love of money is the root of all evil.

Of course, you already knew that the original line, including the word love, was from the Bible. I wrote all of that to remind all of us that this puts our thinking into the same column and on the same page, so to speak.

So, what about money? Is it not what we do with money that matters? When I begin to say we should do this and that with our money, please don’t assume that I always follow my own advice. I believe you and I may be in the same boat, trying to paddle in the same right direction.

But here comes an obvious question directed to the writer as well as the reader, namely you and me. If the love of money is the root of all evil, why do we unapologetically work so hard to amass as much as possible? And it makes me wonder why, if we bring it into our coffers, that this fact alone gives us status we didn’t have when we had no sizeable wealth. This line of thinking brings me to heed the words of theologian John Wesley who wrote, “In the hands of [God’s] children, [money] is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, raiment for the naked: it gives to the traveler and the stranger.”

From where I stand it seems to me that all caring individuals should think that, after we have taken care of our needs, our debts, no matter how much we have worked hard to earn our wealth, we would do well to thoughtfully share the rest with a hungry, thirsty, naked and hurting world.

If you are like me you have worked hard over the years to take care of your family’s needs and always seemed to have just enough to get by, or you may have obtained great wealth one way or another. We have the very same obligation to the world in which we live.

Let’s do it. Let us, from The Garden of Eads, be the generous people we know we are. There’s a poor and hurting world out there. And by the way, that needy world exists here in Eastern Colorado as well as around the globe.

And, a Happy Independence Day to all who are

free, or who are “yearning to breathe free.”

A reminder to the guys of our area: details of our upcoming Fight Club will be forthcoming. Keep watching this column to learn more. It will take place on the second Tuesday in September.

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