Way back in the 1970s as i began to build up my vinyl record collection I was like a sponge soaking all different types of music, which is probably why i have such eclectic tastes to this day. I remember buying the seminal album “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd to show off my musical credentials to my friends whilst secretly purchasing singles by Abba, who I thought wrote fantastic pop songs but were less cool!
Pink Floyd wrote a song called “Money” which was a caustic look at what money can give you. Around the same time Abba did a song called “Money Money Money” which boasted the line, “must be funny in a rich man’s world”. Now correct me if I’m wrong but I think that both Benny and Bjorn has got a few bob now because of their royalties, so I wonder if it is funny in rich man’s world?
It was in the 1980s that I ventured into the pop music world by being in a band that was moderately successful in the East Midlands, well we thought we were successful as we once signed some autographs after a gig! We decided to enter the money debate and so as not to copy Pink Floyd or Abba, we wrote a song called “Money Money” which echoed the same themes of being wary of what money would do to you. It’s ironic that we were actually trying to make money by recording songs like that but that is another story.
I get woken every morning by the news on Radio 5 Live and for many weeks now one of the main headlines has been related to money. For example, this morning the figure of £400 million was mentioned with regard to affordable housing and to buy 16,000 homes. Also, every day there is some report on what is happening in the Euro-zone which usually relates to Angela Merkel and Greece orItaly orFranceor whichever the next country will be.
I’m no economist but it appears to me that many of the countries around us are broke, they have no money. The reasons for this are many and varied and the solutions will provide even more chance for debate and discussion for our politicians, economists and anybody with a vested interest.
But, whatever the reasons and solutions may be, there is still an innate thought amongst modern society that money and the acquiring of it is an ultimate goal and important for all of us to live, exist and have a “happier” life. Much of the “Occupy” movement which is sweeping across America andEuropeis about asking people to rethink about the role of “money” as the driving force within our societies and the thought that money can solve all of our issues and problems.
Jesus has much to say about how we live our lives in relation to our neighbours and the society in which we are set and, although he never talked of the situation in the Euro-zone or a double dip recession, he did remind us that where our riches are, then that is where our hearts will be also.
Money never has been (and never will be) the panacea for all our problems. True hope is found within understanding again the nature of the love of God that values ALL people irrespective of their wealth and the apparent value to other members of our society.