One of the TV shows I watched growing up was “Family Ties” starring Michael J. Fox as “Alex P. Keaton,” a hard-driving, young, go-getter making his way in the eighties. It ran for 176 episodes during 1982–1989, overlapping pretty closely with political, economic, and cultural movements of the day. Alex was a likeable guy, always full of energy, always getting the upper hand with his out-of-touch ex-hippie parents, but there was always something holding us back from fully embracing him. You see, he really liked money. He really liked money a lot. With a wink and a grin he would pull off one caper after another in his quest for material riches. He was always loveable, but just a little off base in his mad dash to make his way in the world. In a lot of ways, he captures my generation’s love-hate relationship with money. We like the zest for life, the hard work and the accomplishment, but it seemed like there was always a voice whispering in our ear, “money is the root of all evil. Beware.”
We’re going into our tenth week in this sermon series on the most misused and misunderstood verses in the Bible. We’ll tackle another set of errors which are commonly made when we abuse biblical interpretation. Along the way, we will also be touching on some of the most powerful heart issues that confront us in Scripture. Issues that continue to shape our world to this day. I look forward to studying I Timothy 6:6-10 with you this Sunday!