The Penn Speaks: Good Reputation > Riches

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Money is a dangerous thing for those untrained in the spirit. People who are not careful can find themselves doing anything for money. That’s what’s wrong with a lot of people in the pop culture of today. We see a lot of individuals and families signing up to either be a part of or have their own reality show in order to gain fortune and fame. By the end of season 1, however, the lives of those same people end up torn in shambles behind engaging in scandelous behavior. Yes, their bank accounts wax full, but the positivity of their reputations often wane thin. Are the green-backs really worth tainting your name? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs chapter 22 and the “a” portion of verse 1 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

1a A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches

Yes, it is primarily people in popular culture who are spotlighted and glamorized for choosing to lead their lives contrary to this admonition, but we cannot mistake the fact that even everyday people get caught up in the same unwholesome lifestyle. We may not be running around getting rich off of a s*x tape like some celebrities, but what about those who are willing to lie for the sake of a job promotion? What good is being able to buy whatever you want with your new-found riches if no one wants to be around you, because you’re known as a cheater, thief, liar, or…? It’s simply not worth it. Why? Because God has given us a better way to achieve wealth both physically and spiritually. His Word tells us in Proverbs 22:4 (KJV), “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.” When we serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the absence of pride, He will bless us not only with riches but also with life and a good reputation to go along with it. To answer the former question directly, no, lots of money is not worth having a messed up reputation.

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