In the Bible, the legacy of a man and his family line was far more important than his wealth and fame. This was especially true of those who followed God. And, Yes, God lavished worldly wealth on them.
Today it seems as a culture, we are far more interested in wealth and things as a legacy than we are our lineage.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 says:
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Today, our culture is interested in acquiring as many toys and signs of wealth as possible. Here is the average debt in America by generations:
Gen Z (ages 18 to 23): $9,593
Millennials (ages 24 to 39): $78,396
The Gen X (ages 40 to 55): $135,841
Baby boomers (ages 56 to 74): $96,984
Silent generation (ages 75 and above): $40,925
Our culture is into stuff! The lie is that Stuff indicates our wealth today. The list above indicates the shift in our focus over the past 100 years. We began to worship stuff and we worshiped at the altar of higher education.
As of today, there is $1.75 trillion in total student loan debt (including federal and private loans) which translates into $28,950 owed per borrower on average.
Once the ease of acquiring debt on credit is established, it historically snowballs. Our economy can’t sustain this debt pace. Something will have to change eventually.
As people of God, we should be more interested in our children and our children’s children rather than the wealth and stuff we can acquire during our working days. We must keep our heads in the Bible and our hearts set on Jesus so we reflect the truth rather than the lie the world is selling us.