Money and leadership

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In today’s world you will hear the phrase “follow the money” especially as it relates to politics or corporate decision-making. That expression is a catchphrase came from the 1976  film All the President’s Men, which suggested that political corruption can be exposed by investigating money transfers between parties. Money itself is neutral but it wields enormous power. Ayn Rand once said, “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” Movie-maker Matthew Vaughn said, “Crime, money, power, drugs – are all linked.” That is a sobering statement.

Is it any wonder that the Apostle Paul tells a young pastor, Timothy, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”1 Timothy 6:10 Recognize that the passage does not say, “money is ‘the’ root of evil”, but “money is ‘a’ root of all kinds of evil. So, be careful. It can change you because it has the potential of changing your heart. When your heart changes, everything changes. That can be good or bad. Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

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