Jesus Vs Mammon


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Jesus Vs Mammon

  1. 1. Jesus Against Mammon
  2. 2. “You cannot serve both God and Mammon” (Matthew 6:24)
  3. 3. “I believe in one god: Economic Growth, maker of all goods, seen and unseen.”
  4. 4. “I believe in Economic Growth’s only Son: Capitalism, who was conceived by the power of Greed…”
  5. 5. “I believe in happiness through owning and using more.”
  6. 6. It’s not just about owning…
  7. 7. It’s about owning MORE and more… and more…
  8. 8. “Go Shopping”
  9. 9. Mammon also performs creation ‘out of nothing’!
  10. 10. “I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic economy, and in the communion of unaccountable corporations.”
  11. 11. In rural communities, everyone depended on each other and was thus accountable to the community…
  12. 12. In the global economy, MNCs’ (with ‘limited liability’) can create environmental havoc and wash their hands of it…
  13. 13. Ok Tedi, Papua New Guinea
  14. 14. “If nations want to avoid war over diminishing resources…they must both consume LESS and become MORE self-sufficient.”
  15. 15. But theo-capitalism says the opposite: “We should become LESS self-sufficient and MORE globally integrated as part of the overriding quest to consume ever MORE.” Herman Daly, Ecological Economist
  16. 16. Jakarta, INDONESIA
  17. 17. West Virginia, USA
  18. 18. All that the true God provides, false gods also offer…
  19. 19. REST! Id ntity e Security C m unity o m Transcendance Ec ta y s s
  20. 20. Jesus vs. Theo-Capitalism: 3 Action-Steps from the Gospels
  21. 21. Don’t be like the rich fool! (Luke 12:13-21)
  22. 22. REST! 'WhatTE F-IN shall Ido? I have no place to SEL store my crops….This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, andUthere I PTI ON- will store all NS M TED my grain and OR goods. And I'll say C OmyIEN to myself, quot;You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take OF life easy; eat, drink and be GLECT S! merry.' NE THER O
  23. 23. “You fool!” “This very night your life will be demanded from you…This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.quot;
  24. 24. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Answer: Love God…and love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:25-27)
  25. 25. a.k.a. the parable of the unexpected neighbour
  26. 26. #1 Serve the community and work for the common good
  27. 27. “Today salvation has come to this house. For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:9-10)
  28. 28. “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.quot;
  29. 29. Tax-Collector ‘Hell’ • Exploitation for quick profits • Creating a class of very rich and very poor i.e. growing inequality • Oppressing / Cheating those in poverty
  30. 30. #2 Connect ‘salvation’ with ‘justice’
  32. 32. “Do not worry…but seek first the kingdom of God and His justice and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
  33. 33. #3 Train Ourselves in Gratitude
  34. 34. Gratitude is an exercise in contentment
  35. 35. “Gratitude is an act of defiant contemplation” Brian McLaren, Pastor/Author
  36. 36. Book References • McLaren, B. (2008) Everything must change: Jesus, global crises and a revolution of hope, Nashville, TN:Thomas Nelson • Stassen, G. & Gushee, D. (2003) Kingdom ethics: Following Jesus in contemporary context, Downers Grove, IL:Intervarsity Press • Stiglitz, J. (2007) Making globalisation work, New York, NY:W.W. Norton Websites & Online Articles Consulted • First ranking for mutual funds based on carbon footprinting (22 May, 2009), CSR Malaysia retrieved on 23rd May 2009 from • How the companies line up (March, 2009) Greenpeace, retrieved on 23rd May 2009 from • International Baccalaureate, Photo Credits • Flickr,