Karen Swim

Writer, Marketer, Woman of Purpose

To God Be the Glory

In recent days, there has been a great deal of negative press about “the church.” It breaks my heart that many will be turned away from seeking God by the very human, fallible actions of the body. Yet, I am not ignorant in our collective part in allowing “the church” to overshadow God. I do not have an issue with the size of a church or of a pastor’s bank account BUT I do take issue when anything takes the spotlight off the one who has provided it all.

Prosperity pimps are preaching a gospel of wealth and people are flocking in droves to get in on the wealth equation, but what about the wealth giver?

Deuteronomy 8:17-19 (New International Version) says:

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.

I am not against wealth but it troubles me that we have allowed the seduction of riches to cloud our vision about the word of God. We have elevated mere mortals to god-like status and have failed to test their words and actions against the only standard for our life – the word of God.

I have come to understand anew why many choose a vow of poverty. Without the trappings of cultural “success” the truth stands alone on the platform.

I speak as one who is daily “working out my own salvation,” painfully aware of the beam in my own eye but together we must do better.  We should all seek to live the words of John 3:30 (NIV) “He must become greater; I must become less.”



October 14, 2010 Posted by | Personal Essay | 1 Comment