Today as I read and reflected about life I was led to think of something whose best definition I found was “spiritual greed.” By this, I mean that I believe there is a lifestyle that is marked by pettiness, a lifestyle inspired in vile sentiments, a very limited perspective of life in all its assumptions.
The greedy spiritually are those who call themselves Christians and they live all around the gospel life, but never actually experienced it as described in the Holy Scriptures. People that are somehow involved with the life of the church or the kingdom of God superficially, ie, never surrendered to God, his Holy Spirit, the regenerating work of the Son, to the wonderful and mystical action of the Holy Trinity in life of one who belongs to God.
The greedy spiritually never leave the same point, walk in circles, do not develop gifts and talents, do not submit to the Lordship of Christ manifested in our lives through our communion with the visible Church. Are eternally nostalgic about a time that has passed and no longer exists, glory-of times already evaporated into history and that became yellowed photographs stored in boxes of junk.
The greedy spiritually have a very exalted view of themselves, thinking that they are “the stone of great value in the kingdom of God” forgetting that the real stone is Christ. Are always comparing their lives not with the standard of Christian living of the gospel, but those whom they despise and find themselves superior to. They are attached to things of this life, material things that will be consumed by moths, they glorify themselves in their offers always given with the knowledge of someone.
The greedy spiritually are sick, not of the body but of the soul, which rejects all kinds of healing. Are bitter, complainants, highly sensitive people, and always involved in a dispute with others.
The greedy spiritually do not grow in faith, not deepen the knowledge of God, not given to community prayer are balloons about to burst anytime. Read the Bible but don’t understand, and are not penetrated by the Word, consequently are not washed by the Word of God. They are dirty beings and souls, stained and marked by hidden sins, hidden desires and passions unrevealed.
I do not believe in the spiritual salvation of this kind of people, they are too far from the truth, very sure of themselves, very involved with the things of this life, too driven by their dark feelings. I believe these are straw to the fire, tares are to be separated, are unwise virgins to be left behind are unfaithful servants to be launched into eternal darkness.
Sunday I was approached by a nine years old boy in church, a sublime soul, which came to ask me how to take part in the Lord’s Supper and be baptized. He told me with joy that in this year of 2014 he has read nine books (almost a book a week). My heart was filled with joy to talk to this child and see his faith in Christ. I promised to baptize him in the summer and he left the church with a smile from ear to ear. Ah, how nice it would be to see more believers like that! But tough pastoral work requires us the patience to deal with the greedy spiritually while we take care of the church of God.
I’ll finish using a statement made by Nietzsche and used against Christianity, but life and time proved that Nietzsche was wrong and now use his statement in favor of faith:
“The conditions under which any one understands me, and necessarily understands me—I know them only too well. Even to endure my seriousness, my passion, he must carry intellectual integrity to the verge of hardness. He must be accustomed to living on mountain tops—and to looking upon the wretched gabble of politics and nationalism as beneath him. He must have become indifferent; he must never ask of the truth whether it brings profit to him or a fatality to him…. He must have an inclination, born of strength, for questions that no one has the courage for; the courage for the forbidden; predestination for the labyrinth. The experience of seven solitudes. New ears for new music. New eyes for what is most distant. A new conscience for truths that have hitherto remained unheard. And the will to economize in the grand manner—to hold together his strength, his enthusiasm…. Reverence for self; love of self; absolute freedom of self….
Very well, then! of that sort only are my readers, my true readers, my readers foreordained: of what account are the rest?—The rest are merely humanity.—One must make one’s self superior to humanity, in power, in loftiness of soul,—in contempt.”
– Friedrich W. Nietzsche
There is only one chance to get out of this spiritual greed, fighting for yourself, your habits, desires, feelings, walk out of the darkness and seek the light, leave the lies and live by the truth, and became entirely and truly converted. Pray as Jeremiah prayed: “Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned ; renew our days as of old.” (Lamentation 5:21).