Go Where You are Not Tempted

“Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incenses to Baal, and…then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? Has this house… become a den of robbers in your eyes?” (Jer 7:9-11)

If Jesus had a pet peeve, it was this, He hated people who used religion to make a buck. St.Luke (Luke 16) characterized the Pharisees as lovers of money. Judas loved money. John 12 refers to him as a thief. By throwing out the money changers, Jesus wasn’t creating an impossible threshold, He was asking the Pharisees, the money changers and us to stop living a lie and own up to the truth about ourselves.

How do you know if you are in the right line of work? The river of God flows at your desk, at home, and with your connections. You feel the Spirit of God dwelling within you. Like Jesus, you exude prophetic power. If there is corruption, God gives you the strength to turn over a few tables and speak the truth.

If you love money and prestige, it might be a good idea to watch (read) “A Man for all Seasons.”

Thomas More’s counsel to his future son-in-law was on point. He knew Richard possessed a “Machiavellian heart.” More offered him teaching job that included a house and stipend concluding, A man should go where he won’t be tempted. By experience, More could say, “in office they offer you all sorts of things. I was once offered a whole village, with a mill, and a manor house and heaven knows what else-a coat of arms, I shouldn’t be surprised….. (Richard…Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher. Perhaps even a great one.”

Richard’s response? “And if I was, who would know it?”
Thomas MORE replied, “You, your pupils, your friends, God. Not a bad public, that . . . Oh, and a quiet life.”

Instead of taking More’s advice, Thomas chose the high life in government destroying More and the temple of God, the Church.

“If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” I Corinthians 3:17

“Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?”  Luke 16

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