Summary: In this World, the corruption of the heart is more dangerous than corruption seen in Government offices...Jesus by removing corruption from the heart can remove financial corruption of the Society!!!
White as Snow
In our Great Country, the talk of the town since November 8th (since evening of Nov 8th to be more precise) has been “Demonetization” of Rs 500/- and Rs1,000/- currency notes by the Central Government purportedly to flush out the Black money (unaccounted and the untaxed one) out of the economy. Of course, this epoch-making move was aimed to break the “economical backbone” of the terror operatives also across the Border who primarily use these currency notes to fund terror activities in our Country. Subsequently and quite expectedly the pros and cons of this move has been debated with vigor from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It is a fair guess too that the debate on this “dicey issue” is not going to die down in the coming days what with the common man facing the consequent cash crunch and all the hardships that go with it.
All this brings us to spiritual dimension of the issue. Is “Kaladan” (the Hindi equivalent of Black money) the root of all ills plaguing the Indian Economy or for that matter is the problem mainly of “Kalaman” (a black sin-stained heart). Did not a wise soul remark “At the heart of many a social problem, is the problem of the heart”? What has Bible to say in the matter of money and its appropriate usage? How would Jesus the Saviour address this problem of “Black money”? In this message, Yours truly using the acronym “W.H.I.T.E” aims to bring a spiritual perspective to the whole issue delving a bit more deeply into the said subject.
Not for our Lord any half-baked measures when it comes to dealing with a corrupt heart....corrupted by the love of money that is. Does not the heart-touching account of total transformation of a rich and corrupt tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) stand as a shining testimony of the fact that our Lord does not merely remove “cobwebs” of a problem but rather “kills the spider” (addresses the root issue...also read later on Mark 2:1-5)? To anyone who responds to the invitation of the Saviour to set right the matters of his heart and receives Him into his “home” (read heart- Luke 19:5-6) like Zacchaeus, the Saviour who has promised a “a new heart” in the Scriptures (Ezekiel 36:26) is bound to perform a spiritual, painless heart-transplantation surgery (Col 2:11 TLB). In His own inimitable way, He would wreck the innate, inherent sin nature which we have all inherited by default from our Fallen Parents (Genesis 3:1-7/ Romans 3:23/ Romans 6:2-3) and in its place give a new nature which desires to please its Creator in all aspects...including finance. Talk of a sin-stained heart becoming snowy white (Isa 1:18)!!!
Picture this scene described oh-so-vividly in Luke 19:8... there is that erstwhile corrupt, Black-money hoarder Zacchaeus...now all contrition, yet joyous and spontaneous in his outlook “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” The very name Jesus means Saviour (Matt 1:21)... and who other than Him can accomplish “Missions Impossible” like reforming an avaricious, tight-fisted Sinner into a generous Saint without the threat of an Income-tax raid!!!