Brian Rosner, Principal of Ridley College Melbourne, recently won an award for Best Theological Article by the Australasian Religious Press Association Award for his piece on Greed as False Religion. Read it here.
Greed is idolatry in that, like the literal worship of idols, it represents an attack on God’s exclusive rights to human love, trust and service. Material things can replace God in the human heart and set us on a course that is opposed to him, even arousing his jealousy … Economists may recommend greed, politicians rely on it and celebrities flaunt it, but in the end like all idols money fails to deliver on its promises. If the root cause of materialism is misdirected religious impulses, then the ultimate solution is still faith in the true and living God who alone gives the security and satisfaction that each of us craves.