By: G. J. Fortier

In a word … no. It’s been that way from the beginning.

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)

When I read this verse, it’s hard for me to believe that it was written almost 2,000 years ago. Every word in it is as applicable today as it was then, though I sometimes forget that the people then were every bit as corrupt as they are today. Whatever happened to common courtesy? What about simply considering the consequences before we act on our impulses? Has the Golden Rule been melted down and fashioned into a dollar sign that hangs around someone’s neck on a chain?