Who Said, “Greed is Good?”

I will not accuse them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people I have created.
I was enraged by their sinful greed;
    I punished them, and hid my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
    creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
“There is no peace, says my God, “for the wicked.”

  • Isaiah 57:16-21

They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done.  Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.  They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.  With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!  They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness.  But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

  • 2 Peter 2:13-16

For those admiring the photo, you mostly see pennies, so you can guess that I do not have a good grasp on greed.

Let’s start with a video clip.

Now to answer the question, in a simplified mindset, Gordon Gekko said “Greed is Good.”

But Gordon Gekko was a fictional character in a movie, Wall Street, a 1987 film.  Michael Douglas, the actor playing Gordon Gekko, actually said the words.  Douglas won the Oscar for his portrayal.  Obviously, the Academy voters agreed with what he said.

But Oliver Stone directed the movie.  Did he not direct Michael Douglas to play the part as shown in that scene?  And did not Oliver Stone and Stanley Weiser actually write the screen play?  Are they not the ones who put those words in the character’s mouth?

But if you listened carefully, there was pure evil that dripped from the lips of Gordon Gekko.  It was Satan who said those words.  He just used a human to say them.

And even the church wallows in this mud puddle.  The Scripture from 2 Peter above is part of a chapter warning against false teaching within the church.  The prosperity gospel certainly applies, as the preachers of it live in mansions while they tell their poor followers that they have not yet given enough “seed money.”  This Scripture was written a little over 1950 year ago, according to the experts.  The apostle Peter was probably not being absolutely prophetic about something happening nearly 2,000 years later.  It was happening then.  Why did Simon the Magician (or Simon the Sorcerer or Simon Magus) want to buy the power of the Holy Spirit?  Simon had always made money from his illusions.  Now, he knew he could make more money with the real thing.  Was Simon truly converted to Christianity and then greed caused him to stumble?  Or did Simon just say that he believed in order to obtain great wealth?  That is above my pay grade.  Greed affects believers and non-believers alike, and when you do as Gordon Gekko suggests, extending “greed” to everything, not just money, we all have that problem, even when we want “good” things.

But that is it.  We need to seek after “good” things.  When we get “greedy” (to misuse the word) to be more like Jesus, God gives us more of Jesus.  The point where we stumble is when we are greedy for those things of this world that do not last.

Greed is NOT good, but a deep yearning for those things of God, to be closer to Jesus and to be more like Jesus, that is good.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

7 Comments

Add yours →

  1. Excellent teaching! I almost skipped reading this, because I have so much going on right now. Glad I didn’t skip it!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. When God made us He instilled in us what I call the “greed gene.” He also gave us free will. But being the omniscient guy He is, He should have seen all this shit coming. We greedy humans all through history with our free will have decided it was a really good thing to rape, pillage, torture and kill other people just like ourselves so we could take their lands and their goods and their wealth so we would have more. And we’re still doing it today. Only today our own greed is going to end up destroying our whole planet. But that’s okay because soon we will be colonizing Mars, and we can start the whole process over again. How many more planets will we have to destroy because of our greed gene before we finally figure out how to deal with it and learn how to live life without it. Maybe this is God’s test to see if we ever really become worthy of the life that He has given us. Maybe Mother Earth has had enough of us and decided to hit us with Covid. And every time we think we’re starting to get a handle on it, she whips up a new variant. How many more variants might she still be stirring up in her pot? Or maybe God will just say, “Fuck it.” And hit us with a big old asteroid. WWHHHHAAAAMMOOOOH!!!! Better luck next time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • My wife wants to know if you have seen the Netflix movie, Don’t Look Up. There must be an asteroid in the movie. Anyway, the star that makes the abyss in Revelation could easily be an asteroid, as it would look like a shooting star as it came into the atmosphere. You could be right, but I doubt if there will be a next time afterward.

      Like

      • I didn’t expect such a quick response. Actually, I didn’t expect a response at all, seeing as the last post was over a year ago. Somtimes I post just to amuse myself and hope I might get a reply. Thanks for the reply.

        Tell your wife that I did not see the movie, but I just now checked out a review of it. I read just enough of the review to make me realize that I have to see it. SOON! I’m so sick of all the shit that’s been happening in the last few years, that I need a break. Maybe a good satire and some laughs will give me a well-needed re-set. Thanks from me to your wife.

        And now back to greed. I often think, without all that greed, how much “farther ahead” could we be? With all the money and intellectual power we waste trying to kill each other (that damned greed thing again), we could be so far advanced for the good of our species and all life on our little blue orb. And then I think, “But what’s the point? What is the end goal? To die and go to heaven? Who wants to die? Right now they are working on many different options to extend life. In the not too distant future, we won’t have to die at all! Then what are we going to do? Maybe there is no end goal. The way things are going, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about it. The greed and stupidity of the people in charge will eventually cause the end of humanity. But Mother Earth will still be here. She’ll change enough to rid herself of those pesky life forms who are transforming her in such a negative way, and then she’ll go on. She’s been here for millions of years, she’ll probably be here for millions more. Maybe with some other “intelligent” life forms that are more willing to live in harmony with her and each other.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: