Actor Michael Douglas once played a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider named Gordon Gekko in the acclaimed Hollywood movie Wall Street and won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. His character is famous for saying, “Greed—for lack of a better word—is good.”
In the late 1980s, Gordon Gekko made greed cool, acceptable, natural, and even necessary. But was Gordon Gekko right? Is greed good? And if yes, did Gekko know something Jesus did not?
Jesus spoke these words to two brothers embroiled in a dispute about money. “Take care, and be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).