Why do we, as a society - as a culture, enjoy seeing people win lots of money? Is it because we are truly happy for these total strangers who are winning cold hard cash via illusive lotteries and game shows like Deal or No Deal?
Okay, so yeah... my friend won $4000 on Wheel of Fortune this year, and it was a blast watching him on TV. I'd probably go on Wheel of Fortune too if I lived in California!
But what motivates people to sit in front of the TV, often on a daily basis, to cheer on contestant's decisions or abilities? I understand why we do that when we watch a sporting event, but game shows? Reality shows? Fear Factor reruns?
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire! I do, I do!! I mean, c'mon! Don't YOU?!
But instead, I sit at home and get excited about other people becoming rich. Wow. That is sad. Especially when some of these contestants get real greedy and shout no deal!
...poverty is the curse of never having enough. Poverty is not the state of being poor or needy, it is the state of wanting, it's the torment of never having enough. Two Hebrew words for poverty are translated as "want" or "poverty", not to be mistaken with "need". If one has plenty but is always wanting more, that is poverty. Wanting is the opposite of being content, those who cannot stop wanting are entrapped by desire.There is a difference between being poor and needy and living a poverty lifestyle. The Bible says, there will always be poor people in the land. [Deuteronomy 15:11] Even Jesus said, the poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. [Mark 14:7]
Throughout our lifetimes we all experience financial limitations being imposed on us because of circumstances and challenges that we face, but the common lie of the enemy is to believe that we will be satisfied with more money!
In his book Never Enough: Breaking the Spirit of Poverty, David Holdaway says,
Poverty is a state of always being in need - no matter how much comes in, more always seems to go out. But it is more than not having, it is an attitude that is always fearful of not having.So how do we break the spirit of poverty - in our lives and the lives of others? President Bush believes that entrepreneurship helps break the cycle of poverty. [September 15, 2005] But Mr. President! Wouldn't it be much easier if we just all went on a game show and won lots of money?
I'm getting off track. Yet I remain frustrated for two reasons: 1) I, personally, battle this spirit - but usually overcome it by bringing the truth of God's promises to the "I need more" lie; 2) I feel so helpless watching people live poverty lifestyles - you know, spending money before they get it from the welfare office, living to drink away their money on the weekend, neglecting their children's food and clothing needs by purchasing a new video game at the pawn shop, renting gigantic widescreen TVs and satelite dishes for their subsidized houses...
These people are not poor, but they are living in poverty.
Yes, I do believe we have poor and needy people among us, but most of them live in other countries. On the other hand, there is a poverty epidemic in North America, the wealthiest continent in the world.
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.Deal. Or no deal.
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.