Mammon and the Corporation
I find these definitions to be eerily similar:
mammon – n. 1. Greed personified. 2. Deified avarice.
corporation – n. 1. A legal entity that exists for the financial benefit of its stockholders.
Now, I wouldn’t lose sleep if it weren’t for this:
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke, after the parable of the “shrewd manager”.)
I’m afraid that by spending so much time at work, I’m really serving my Corporation more than I am God. It’s a disturbing thought. While tempted to quit my job because of this, the parable before it about the shrewd manager leads me to believe that the money I earn from mammon can be used to secure a place in the eternal dwellings. This is what Jesus refers to soon after by saying:
The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.
By using my mammon to make an eternal difference, I force my way into the kingdom of God.