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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 29, 2015

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FRIDAY, May 29   Ember Day

Luke 16:13 You cannot serve God and wealth.

America wears a scarlet letter A around her neck, but it doesn’t stand for the same thing Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter represented in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. The “A” stands for Avarice.

Avarice is the love of money and what it can buy, and that, I believe, is what drives U.S. politics and the lives of most individual Americans. Our much-ballyhooed values of freedom, peace, and justice all take a backseat to the worship of money. Money is the idol before which most of America bows down.

What would America look like if we took Jesus seriously when he tells us that we can’t serve God and wealth? One need not embrace extreme poverty to serve God. There are many ways to serve God. How would that understanding change the way we live, the way we love, the way we speak the gospel into the world?

PRAY for the Diocese of Northern Uganda (Uganda)

Ps 31 * 35; Deuteronomy 5:1-22; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Luke 16:10-17(18)

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