“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19).
While “treasures” is not limited to the issue of money and material prosperity, for Christ followers who happen to live in the affluence of the West and our economic system of capitalism, it certainly has to be a major consideration. Capitalism is a double-edged sword. It is the best economic system in the world in that it produces jobs, growth, and private ownership. At the same time, it can prove spiritually detrimental for those who achieve success by its standards…resulting in greed, arrogance, and avarice. It is a unique person, indeed, who can withstand the full frontal assault of economic prosperity.