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by Alisa Alisa Princy (2019-10-17)

I was just thinking about the effects Individualogist Review of greed and exploitation in our society today. I understand why greed and exploitation is an accepted behavior in the world. The world system is governed according to our fleshly desires; but, why would believers get on the greed and exploitation "bandwagon"? God has already warned us through His Word that greed is destructive to our character. He has already warned us of the dangers of covetousness with the tenth commandment in the Old Testament (Exodus 20:17). It is very disturbing that some members of the Body of Christ embrace and condone this type of behavior. Sometimes it seems as if the church is blatantly ignoring their responsibility and authority on Earth. Unfortunately, greed and exploitation is running rampant in the hearts of some believers. Let's define greed and exploitation. What is greed? Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth, goods, or people for personal gain. What is exploitation? Exploitation is the act of using something or someone for any purpose in an unjust, cruel, and advantageous manner. Well, greed and exploitation are definitely "tag team partners" in unscrupulous activities. Greed and exploitation drive us to get what or who we want regardless of the cost or consequence. Greed and exploitation is becoming so prevalent within the Body of Christ that it is no longer exemplified on impulse; but, manifested through a carefully orchestrated plan. Has greed and exploitation caused the Body of Christ to lose their "moral compass"? Have we bought into the wealth and prosperity craze? Is it accepted behavior to have a church program to collect money on the "false pretense" of a personal hardship? Is it accepted behavior to sponsor a fundraiser for a worthy cause; but keep the monies for you? Is it accepted behavior to always expect money or material gain for participation in church activities? We should never measure righteous behavior according "church cliques". Our standard of righteousness is not based on our social status with man; but our relationship with God.