But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. (1 Timothy 6:9)
In today's materialistic society, the desire to be rich is a powerfully addictive agent. From every direction ... [we are] made to feel that there ... [is] something else that ... [we] simply ... [cannot] live without. And while what ... [we have is] not bad, there ... [is] always something else better or newer or improved that promises to improve the quality of ... [our] existence. It seems that the richer America ... [got], the richer the citizens of America want[ed] to become.
It is important to note, however, that being rich or having possessions is not the problem. This verse is not a judgment on the condition of being rich but rather on the individual's attitude about that condition. It is the "desire" to be rich that led [us] ... down a dangerous path. And notice the sequence of events: it starts as a temptation, turns into a full-blown lust, and ends up in destruction. In effect, the verse is saying that the person who has these kinds of desires ends up "not" being rich in any way. A desire like this can never be quenched.
(Paraphrased by Mr. Dickie from Pace Yourself by Ric Engram, 7 February. Special thanks to Mr. Engram for writing something so profoundly applicable to the mess this nation is in at this time.)