COLUMN: Is greed becoming the norm? By Rev Dave Marvin

NEAALM110504D3 - St. Mary's church Greasley. Rev Dave Marvin
NEAALM110504D3 - St. Mary's church Greasley. Rev Dave Marvin

It seems that we live in a culture that expects handouts, freebies, something for nothing.

I know of one woman who complained because her husband had always worked in an office – he had never worked down the mines and as a result didn’t have vibration white finger, and so couldn’t claim compensation.

They couldn’t receive what she saw as a free handout – which her friend’s husband had received.

She didn’t thank God that he didn’t suffer the pain, numbness, loss of movement and all that goes with vibration white finger, just bemoaned the loss of compensation.

My guess is that those who do have the problem would gladly pay to not have it.

But it seems that the woman would rather her husband suffered to satisfy her greed.

And why is it, that when people win the lottery jackpot, when their so called “dream has come true” so many of them continue to buy lottery tickets?

Well, I guess if you asked them they would probably say they wanted to put money back into a scheme which does so much good for so many causes.

Perhaps it’s because it offers them the opportunity to win more, is the real reason greed?

In the Bible we have the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five barley loaves and two fish.

It was a miracle that satisfied the people’s hunger, but the people still asked for proof that he was the Messiah.

They asked “How will you prove that you are the one – what miraculous sign will you give us?”

And you can almost feel Jesus’ frustration, he was probably thinking ‘blimey, I have just fed 5,000 of you, and satisfied all of your hunger, and yet it’s still not enough!’

It’s easy to take things for granted and it’s easy for us to want more and more, not necessarily to satisfy our hunger but to satisfy our greed.

We must thank God that only a few are starving in this country, but those that are going hungry are something for us to be concerned about.

We have a responsibility to help our fellow human beings who are in times of need, after all it’s the example that Jesus gave us.

Perhaps we should be grateful for what God provides for us, before greed becomes the norm.