More updating of ‘The Perception of Money in Christian Faith’

Extract on 21/9 from day 3 of Richard Rhor’s reflections on Soul and Money…………….

Thus we now find ourselves unable to recognize or defeat the tyranny of evil at the most invisible, institutionalized, and entrenched level. Evil at this stage has become not only pleasing to us but idealized, romanticized, and even “too big to fail.” This is what I call “the devil” and Paul calls “the thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers” (Colossians 1:16) or “spirits of the air” (Ephesians 6:12). These were his premodern words for corporations, institutions, and nation states. Anything that is deemed above criticism and hidden in the spirit of the age will in time—usually in a rather short time—always become demonic.

As regards money and evil, money’s meaning and use is highly obfuscated by small print and obscure vocabularies which only highly-trained economists can understand: annuities, interest (“usury” used to be a major sin!), non-fiduciary, reverse mortgages, and more. Yes, the devil is in the details! The ordinary person is left at the mercy of these new clerics who alone understand how we can be “saved” by the “infallible laws of the market” and the “bottom line” of everything. They use the language of religion and transcendence to speak with a kind of assumed objectivity that we once only allowed in the realm of theology and from the pulpit.

Letting the domination systems of “the world” off the hook, we put almost all our moral concern on greedy or ambitious individuals. We tried to change them without recognizing that each isolated individual was on bended knee before the powers and principalities of the market and more. In most nations today, our moral compass has been thrown off its foundations.

Peter Challen notes: With the present frenetic concern for Climate Change it is even more vital to get through to each other and to all the urgency of the necessity of fundamental structural change:…………

We must all work to end 
THE THREEFOLD STRUCTURAL FAULT
Entrapping western societal governance
Gripped by USURY, THEFT of the COMMONS
And the corporate institutional drag
Making task differentiation a belittling
POWER OVER OTHERS instead of
CO-OPERATIVE SHARING
OF APPROPRIATE SKILLS AND TASKS.

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