Sep 16, 2014 1069
” . . . He heaps up wealth not knowing who will get it” (Psalm39:6)
With these few words, the Psalmist pictures twenty-first century, first-world mankind with disturbing accuracy. The bounty of the earth is cornered by a few while the majority have too little share in it. If the accumulation of wealth is seen as a worthwhile way to live, one thing robs it of meaning: I cannot cannot be sure what will come of the fruits of my toil when I am gone. Someone will ‘get’ it, and what will they do with it? Perhaps it will end in the hands of someone I do not like; maybe it will be squandered. The very idea questions the wisdom and the validity of a life dedicated to making money.