Please Sir, May I Have Some More?

I think more was devised by the devil with America as his downline.

Props to Satan — distribution has been dynamic and deep.

Mephistopheles is nothing if not efficient.

Make more money?  You’re a go-getter, a boostrapping, entrepreneurial whiz-bang wunderkind; you’re going places man.  Also, we’re having a party and you’re invited.

Show more abs?  You’re sexy and desirable, and evolutionally speaking the kind of cell accumulation all the other stars-upon-thars Sneetches want to mate with.  Also, you’re cool.

Get more votes?  You win.  Also you’re right.

Mephistopheles is nothing if not persistent.

Of course it goes back to Eden.  Everything does and we all try.  Adam and Eve wanted more.  Got it, too.  The Slanderer is always happy to sign us up, and those who know me know I bear in my body the evidence of one man’s inordinate desire for more.

My friends, such thing should not be.

Because the Bible is, as the kids say, ‘all about’ contentment.  Sometimes even godliness doesn’t stand on its own.

Psalm 23 — I won’t lack nothin’.”

Matthew 6 — “Don’t look for this stuff.”

1 Timothy 6 — If we get something, maybe even this stuff, we’re OK.”

And yet … not so — be not so swift to agree.  Search the scriptures and see if these things are so.  Too often as a Christian speaks, be he pastor-writer or web logging apologist writer, the draw false dichotomies to prove this point of theirs.

Bad writer.  Bad, bad writer.

For God is an Othering God, and even immense wealth can’t threaten He who rides herd over mountain ranges.

Psalm 23 — “My flagons are full and flooding onto the floor.”

John 12 — “They had enough money for the embezzler, too.”

Philippians 4 — “I can handle all, and I can handle nothing.”

The idea, rather, is awareness of abundance — what the Bible calls peace.  The idea is welcoming, nay seeking, God’s action in our life — what the Bible calls grace.

Or both.

[17 epistolary greetings — seventeen! — call for this in the Christians’ lives.]

It’s knowing, as the pastors say, not that God will keep saints from dying, but even if we die He will keep us.

Nearing the end of his life, C.S. Lewis said if the Lord let him keep writing, blessed be He.  And if not, then …

Blessed be He.


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