Looting America And God’s Gifts

Money has a cultural hold on all of us. It is quite hypnotic. Money has put us into a trance so profound that our cognitive ability has diminished to the point of simply knowing the price of things at the expense of being able to discern the true value of things.

Like modern physics, we have divorced ourselves from a life of meaning and values. In America, money is how one keeps score.

Money thwarts our search for meaning yet it exerts a powerful pressure on us that is constant. It is hard to become spiritual when our stomachs are empty and we have no roof over our heads. Even worse, spiritual growth has been almost completely abandoned as a means to finding happiness. Instead, we will not be happy until we keep up with and finally surpass the Joneses.

We better ourselves by bettering someone else. This economic philosophy is contrary to God’s great commandment of loving the neighbor.

Do not get me wrong. Money is important. But more and more, it is being made from cunning and cleverness rather than from a sincere desire to be of service to others. In most cases, we seek to help ourselves rather than to improve the well-being of others.

The big problem is that we have separated the acquiring of money from the enrichment of our innermost being. Making money enters into everything we do EXCEPT for our spiritual growth. But making money should be intimately involved with our spiritual growth as well!

Why? Because, making money should be the “fruit” of our God-given talents. These talents are lost in the corporate scheme of things where one is swimming among sharks and looking to gain some advantage.

We are in our current financial crisis because greed, envy, and self-identity have taken the cockpit in the acquisition of money. Rather than happiness, any success at making money leads to fear in keeping it—to the point that nothing can be really enjoyed anymore.

Surveys often show that many of the most “successful” people feel they are missing something in their lives. Acquiring riches can dull us to the richness of life and love. Such individuals have not paid attention to their souls. This type of success poisons everything.

All wars, all forms of social injustice, crime, and the destruction of the environment, emerge from this blind striving towards wealth and power.

How we acquire money and spend it shows WHAT WE ARE. We are looting America and God’s gifts.

How do we escape this financial and social captivity?

First we must not live above our means. Next we should work on our relationships with friends and family (before we find ourselves making this discovery on our deathbeds). Finally, we must either do the jobs we have from a sincere principle of mutual love and service, or find new ways to make a living that offer us true self-worth and deep satisfaction.

Follow this simple path and you will begin to experience heaven itself.


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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6 Responses to Looting America And God’s Gifts

  1. dcmattozzi says:

    Thanks and God Bless

  2. Aim says:

    This is the best commentary I’ve read on this subject! Thank you for encapsulating it so well–it’s too true that our country is going down that road, and sad to see.

  3. irishanglican says:

    Once again, you have discribed part of what is wrong with human kind. The Scripture calls it “sin”! Or missing the mark. It is surely central to who we are: sinners! St. Paul speaks to this in Romans chapters 1 thru 3. And note, the Law of God precedes gospel. The same problem had existed with the Judaizers who wanted to add the practice of the Law to the Gospel. St. Paul explains to the Galatians that they have reversed the order of things; law precedes gospel, flesh precedes spirit, the “paidagogos” precedes freedom. To improve on the gospel is to deny it!

    Fr. Robert

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Fr. Robert,

    All divine law refers to LOVE. Loving God and loving the neighbor improves everything!

    Spiritually yours,

  5. innergardener says:

    Great insights, GodGuy! You always bring us a fresh spiritual look at what’s going on in the world. You have a special gift for presenting your ideas in a unique way that really wakes me up! I can feel that you are helping me to become a better person. Thank you!

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear innergardener,

    Thanks for your encouraging response. I actually hold some in the clergy responsible for the deterioration of morality in human affairs. These clergymen hold to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. In other words, you are saved by what you BELIEVE rather than by what you DO.

    This is nonsense! What good is religion if it does not change how we treat each other. Salvation by faith alone promotes redemption without reformation. Somehow we become “new” without becoming a “better” person. How ridiculous! In order to be made new, that is, to be reborn, one must die. To die, one must CHANGE WHAT ONE WAS!

    Those who believe that Christ’s dying on the cross constituted redemption itself overlook an individual’s personal responsibility to love God and neighbor. The world is dying because too many people are acting irresponsibly, whether they attend church services or not.

    Spiritually yours,

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