Monday, August 20, 2007
Faith and Money
Recently Colorado Christian University fired a professor for daring to question free enterprise. The school's president, Bill Armstrong, explained the firing by essentially declaring that Jesus teaches free enterprise, and therefore free enterprise is a foundational principle of the school.
Of course, a private school can do as they wish. But ironically, Colorado Christian's claim to be based on a biblical foundation references the following verse:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 (NIV)
For some odd reason, school administration does not seem to recognize that capitalism - merits notwithstanding - is one of those worldly "patterns" that Paul refers to.
Today's young generation, on the other hand, seem to realize the fallacy of placing one's faith in the accumulation of money and things. A nationwide survey of college students conducted by the Associated Press and MTV, reveals that youths care more about family and religion than sex and materialism. In what may be surprising to many Americans, "almost no one replied 'money' when young people were asked what makes them happy." Instead, young people pointed primarily to relationships with family and friends as their source of happiness. Religion also ranked high as a source of happiness.
Perhaps Bill Armstrong should listen to his students. They just might be able to teach him a thing or two about not conforming to our materialistic - and worldly - culture.