Jarrod McKenna‘s Wednesday’s with Gandhi:
“It is my firm opinion that [the West] today represents not the spirit of God or Christianity but the spirit of Satan. And Satan’s successes are the greatest, when he appears with the
name of God on his lips. [The West] today is only nominally Christian. In reality, it is worshipping Mammon. ‘It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus really spoke Jesus Christ. His so-called followers measure their moral progress by their material possessions.”
-Gandhi (Speeches & Writings of M. Gandhi: p.336, Feb. 14, 1916)
- Would you agree with Gandhi that society at large worships Mammon (money)?
- Even more so today then in Gandhi’s time society seems possessed with a way of life that feeds on domination, silent oppression and exploits God’s good earth. Is this the spirit of God? Is this the spirit of Christianity? Is this as Gandhi says ‘the spirit of satan’?
- Have you heard ‘It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’ taught about the dangers of Mammon? Have you heard it taught the dangers of a wrong attitude while you hoard? What do you think about how Gandhi uses the text?
What about Gandhi’s comments about “His so-called followers measure their moral progress by their material possessions.” Gandhi’s comments where even before ‘prosperity gospel’ was popular. Is it more true now?
Consider spending sometime meditating on Luke 18: 18-29 simply asking God ‘how can I witness to your love in what I do with what you have given me’