No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
'Too much money ain't enough money' (Lil Wayne).
'What's a soup kitchen?' (Paris Hilton).
'Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff' (Mariah Carey).
Clearly Hollywood loves money. The industry of celebrity produces billions of dollars through the gushing wells of film, fashion, music and theater. Add in commercial endorsements, dark spinoffs like pornography, and the money in entertainment is enormous.
Who's footing the bill? We are. Star-gazers pay big.
How did all this happen? Impoverished lives without joy following poor examples in media, including greed.
Greed is pumped into our heads and hearts as the means to an ideal end, the path to living large. Viewers become voyeurs--living in vicarious excitement while watching the action figures invented by masterminds of media.
Underneath the big house-fast car-fancy dress opulence are desperate lives--fueling a sequel, as paparazzi shoot the falling stars.
Who benefits from the broadcast of greed? Media moguls, corporate giants, industry workers and the stars themselves.
What's the antidote for greed?
In one word: contentment. Add two more words: avoid temptation. 'Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have' (Hebrews 13:5). 'In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus' (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
And as a practical matter: 'Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak' (Matthew 26:41).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Celebrity Poison series.