Remember the movie Wall Street? “The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Gordon Gekko. This quote is one of the few I can remember from the scores of movies I have seen over the years. Guess What? After all these years a sequel is soon to be released. Why? To tickle the fancy of the latent feelings that exist associated with next generation greed. Yes, that deadly sin has not passed with the aging of the boomers.
Elizabeth Suggs writes in the Dallas Morning News (Sept 23, 2010) in her article,“How Millennials Measure Greed” that, “This generation knows greed very well, We just know it in a different form.” The immortality symbols are no longer financial but things like trips to exotic places, knock out facebook albums, and the ability to do unique things. There is an emerging trend of association greed in which one’s value is enhanced by relational association with whomever (e.g., having met Usher or Lady Gaga, etc.)
Jesus had a way of getting right to the crux of the matter. In Luke 12:15 Jesus made a very simple truth a personal warning for His disciples, Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” NIV. The very best way to avoid the greed trap is to live life as if everything belongs to God. What a neat idea! In fact, I would propose that premise is by God’s design objective reality, whether we realize it, or embrace it, or not. For those among the post boomer generation let me ask, What is your best suggestion to avoid next generation greed?