Jerry Newcombe

For his short 2012 movie, Genius, evangelist and film-producer Ray Comfort took to the streets of California and interviewed a lot of people about values and morals.

Here is my paraphrase of one of his questions on the topic of greed: “Would you be willing to poison a total stranger if you would be paid a few million dollars for it?”

Guest after guest basically said, “Yes.” With some of them, they said it as if were a joke. But they still said it.

The film has been described this way: “It is shocking to hear how many are willing to kill another human being for simply a few million dollars. Such is the moral state of North America.”

Again, greed is nothing new. A neighbor of Abraham Lincoln's in Springfield saw Lincoln passing by with his two sons. Both were crying loudly. "What is the matter with the boys?" asked the neighbor. "The same thing that is the matter with the whole world," answered Lincoln. "I have three walnuts and each boy wants two."

In writing against greed, of course, the Bible in no way condemns striving for more money, to earn a better living. More power to you.

In fact, in the same letter (1 Timothy) where Paul says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, he also says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

But greed is not a matter of meeting basic needs. Greed involves breaking the Tenth Commandment: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or his maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Greed is "the desire for more"---and more and more and more, and there is no end to it. Both the Bible and the social science research documents that the love of money corrupts


Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.