Money has a way of influencing how people behave. The term affluenza is a socially transmitted condition of overload, causing individuals to always want more without experiencing any sort of satisfaction. After a teenage driver killed 4 people while driving drunk in Texas, psychologist Dick Miller appeared as an expert eye witness, claiming affluenza kept this boy from comprehending the full consequence of his actions. When money is unable to purchase the life or in this case the verdict you desire, people go from the penthouse to the manager overnight.
The manger in the Bible is similar to a feeding trough, made out of wood. As the census draw near, the only housing Joseph could afford was a barn, filled with animals. Despite this lowly scene, visitors would soon arrive to see the One was left the Penthouses of heaven for a manger. While 3 magi, experts in the star continued their journey, shepherds of the fields greeted a new born babe. This experience strengthened their faith as God’s 400 years of silence finally ended.
Before I found my way in life, I lived in the cellar of my sister’s inner city home, sleeping on a couch. Working 6 months to make what I do now in one pay check, I was forced to develop a keen faith. With money and power absent from this equation, I started a journey similar to that of the Magi. However, I wasn’t following a star that I could see. Rather, I began to rely on an unseen Spirit, Galatians 5:25, leading me one step closer to where I am today. Nonetheless, I long for the day when this trek will be made complete, John 14:2-4, going in reverse from the manger to a penthouse in heaven.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life, 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus