Plug into any social media site and be prepared for a barrage of gossip about sports heroes, celebrities, and the ultra-rich. We’re a planet obsessed with how much others make. People want the low-down on perceived success.
But for those who’ve achieved, prosperity often becomes a trap. Not necessarily because of break-downs of integrity, although I’m sure they happen, but sometimes merely the hint of greed is enough to taint the reputation of someone who professes good morals. The sad thing is, no matter how untrue false accusations are, or how many acts of kindness are committed, you cannot offset a good reputation gone bad. The shadow remains long after the spotlight goes out.
Currently, observers of St. Louis Cardinals player, Albert Pujols, hotly debate his moral intent. Albert’s agent is trying to negotiate potential contracts upwards of ten years and $200 million. (No typo here). And the fans went wild. The topic finally erupted into explosive ash yesterday, when the news broke he may reach an agreement with the Cardinals.
But the question on the minds and mouths of many remains the same, “How can a professing Christian demand that kind of money? Isn’t it wrong? Who needs that much?”
I cannot speak to Mr. Pujols’s heart. I pray his motives are pure and I have no evidence to believe differently. But my concern is this, When the initial hype dies down, how will the fallout impact his witness?
I’m not in his shoes, and if I were, I might make exactly the same decisions as he, but I would pray hard and consider long, the consequence of my choice. It’s difficult to dispute the firestorm of controversy over one man who asks for this kind of money. A man who publicly demonstrates faith in Jesus Christ.
The list is long, of Christian men who caved under temptation — especially when money waved her seductive tail in front of their faces. Her trap set.
Personally, I don’t care how much the man does or doesn’t make, but I do care about his reputation. As a sister in Christ, we represent the same family, and I hope and pray, a hint of greed doesn’t sully our good name. There are plenty of shadows in the world already, why give gossips more to talk about?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Ephesians 5:3 (NIV)
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
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Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri.