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WEALTH AND SALVATION

Read­ing Time: 3 minutes

Preamble

After address­ing and remind­ing the Phar­isees and the Scribes that people should not be judged based on the fact that they are dif­fer­ent, and espe­cially after the power­ful les­son on the neces­sity of repent­ance (cf. Luke 15:1–32), Jesus con­tin­ues his prac­tic­al teach­ings spe­cific­ally to the dis­ciples and to all believ­ers (cf. “And he also said to the dis­ciples” in Luke 16:1). There is a close link between the par­able of the waste­ful admin­is­trat­or and the chief act­or (the young­er son) of the par­able in Luke 15:11–32. Both had a con­sid­er­able share of the worldly wealth entrus­ted unto them. Unfor­tu­nately, these goods were mis­used, squandered, and wasted. In fact, the same Greek term (dia­skorp­izō) is used to indic­ate waste­ful­ness (cf. Luke 15:13; 16:1). The world has developed a cul­ture of waste that so many things are con­tinu­ously wasted with impun­ity. For instance, how many lives and prop­erty are wasted here in Niger­ia? What about the uni­ver­sal scene? It is the same music – waste and con­tinu­ous waste of lives, prop­er­ties, val­ues, and mor­als. The “and he also said to his dis­ciples” in Luke 16:1 indicates.…

The virtue of accountability

In our con­text, account­ab­il­ity means giv­ing an account of a person’s activ­it­ies. In the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark (6:7–13), the author records that Jesus sent his Twelve dis­ciples two by two on a mis­sion. More inter­est­ing is what Mark reports in verse 30 of the same sixth chapter of the Gos­pel. Mark observes with keen interest that the “apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.” In oth­er words, they gave Jesus an account of their mis­sion. In the same way, lead­ers (reli­gious and civil) must always give an object­ive account of their oper­a­tions to the people for whom and to whom they are work­ing. The prob­lem of non-account­ab­il­ity is a ser­i­ous prob­lem both among civil lead­ers and espe­cially among reli­gious lead­ers. While the apostles of Jesus are pure examples of account­ab­il­ity and respons­ib­il­ity, the man­ager of the par­able in Luke 16:1–13, is a typ­ic­al example of non-account­ab­il­ity and irre­spons­ib­il­ity. While the syn­onym of account­ab­il­ity is answer­ab­il­ity or answer­able­ness, the hyper­nym is respons­ib­il­ity or respons­ive­ness. That means to be account­able is to be answer­able and respons­ible. The inab­il­ity to give account is a sign of gross irre­spons­ib­il­ity. Every right­eous admin­is­trat­or must avoid this.

Postscript – God and mamōnas  

As indic­ated above, mamōnas is a Semit­ic word for wealth or pos­ses­sion. While in Luke 16:9.11, it means wealth or riches, in verse 13, it is a per­son­i­fic­a­tion of wealth (cf. also Matt 6:24). Often, we speak of sec­u­lar­iz­a­tion. Today, glob­al­iz­a­tion is anoth­er term that is asso­ci­ated with sec­u­lar­iz­a­tion. We are all aware of the amount of time, energy, effort, tal­ent, and pas­sion we ded­ic­ate to these. We act shrewdly towards them. But what about the things of God? What about etern­al wealth and etern­al tech­no­logy? Do we show the same pas­sion, time, effort, and zeal? Do we also act shrewdly towards God? Sec­u­lar­iz­a­tion-Glob­al­iz­a­tion (Mam­mon) and God can­not be served con­tem­por­ar­ily. You must choose one. Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God (cf. Mark 12:17). This is wis­dom and it is a shrewd action. In oth­er words, Sec­u­lar­iz­a­tion-Glob­al­iz­a­tion must be ori­ented toward God and pre­ser­va­tion of the cre­ated order.

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