Have you ever watched the Lord of The Rings movies? All of the warriors on the evil side are horrendously ugly. I could image if I was seeing them in person they would probably be smelly. Overall they look disgusting. This is true of most movies. The good people are depicted as clean, attractive, healthy and probably would smell like roses or something. Where as the villains are depicted as ugly, dirty, smelly beings who no one would want to touch. There is a definite pattern to how good people and bad people are depicted in the Movies.
When I read the Bible I also see a recurring theme. But this theme is opposite of what is in the movies. It is the theme of how people of wealth and prestige are presented. The Bible presents the wealthy as being clean looking on the outside but inside they are horrendously ugly. It makes us heed warning to judging people based on there appearance or perceived wealth rather than their heart.
“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.” James 5:1-6
This is just one scripture that speaks harshly against the wealthy. But this same warning is seen in multiple occasions in both the New Testament and Old Testament. For those of us in America, even the people that would not consider themselves wealthy by American standards are very wealthy compared to the worlds standards. Similarly as someone who was raise lacking no material thing I have experienced relative wealth the majority of my life. The wealth in itself is not what makes it bad. It is what the wealth can potentially do to our hearts that makes it deadly. Wealth easily corrupts our heart and turns our eyes from the cross. It is easily a deadly poison. So beware of wealth because it will never provide you freedom rather it will keep you entrenched in chains that may look good and smell good but they are chains all the same. Freedom comes from giving our wealth to Jesus. It’s better to walk around in rages than to be chained. Amen.