Tuesday, August 23, 2016

People first

Christians put people at the top of our lists. We place people ahead of profits. Christians today work to alleviate the diseases of poverty -- AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. They fight human trafficking. They feed the hungry and house the homeless. They work to teach English to immigrants and math to low-income schoolchildren. They fight to preserve affordable housing and provide dental care for the poor. 

This focus on people does not mean that Christians have lost the desire to make a profit. But it does suggest that we're becoming suspicious of money as the key to happiness. Wealth, by itself, usually promises more than it can deliver. Young adults are certainly moving in this direction, as they turn away from buying houses and cars. And so is Pope Francis, who warns about "the idolatry of money" and calls on politicians to provide people with "dignified work, education and healthcare."