It’s a motto many of us have heard, and some even live.
But really, what does that mean?
The acronym M.O.B. stands for Money Over B*****s.
That sounds like a pointless question because the words are poignant, crystal-clear. However, there is a deeper issue with that philosophy.
First money is only useful because of the things it can get you. So in essence Money = things. If we look at our culture the evidence of monetary wealth is seen in what the person owns or buys. Rappers brag on how many whips and chains they have bought, and how many women they have “had” because of the money they make.
Our culture celebrates excess and having abundance when others are below the poverty line. I was thumbing thru a weekly magazine, I forget which one, but the cover story was on the wedding of socialite and reality star Kim Kardashian and New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. The price of gifts found on their registry was insane. Don’t get me wrong its ok to have nice things, but some things are over the top. For instance on the list was a $1600 teapot, an $840 dollar ashtray, a $1250 spoon? Where is the practicality in that?
But back to the point, when monikers like M.O.B. are accepted, it fosters a culture that devalues human life. It also stunts the growth of love on an everyday, to all people variety. M.O.B. is seen on Wall Street and big business as well as the hood, so it is not a contained phenomenon. Brokers have been all about the dollar, big business works by exploiting the labor and service of its lower level employees, and when government crackdown comes on, as we’ve seen, the working man loses, actually hundreds of them. they’re fired, not for doing a bad job, but to save an executive who used his expense account to fund whatever it is he wanted whether it was an extra-marital affair, or just to pocket extra money.
People tend to be corrupted when M.O.B. is they’re motto. The Bible says “The love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10 We see it when someone is gunned down for an unpaid debt, when people are sold into sex trafficking, when people and nations are bullied out of resources like oil, diamonds, and other “precious goods”.
Money at the end of it all is good for momentary pleasure, that moment can last for years, even a lifetime, but ultimately, it doesn’t go with you when you die.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Jesus, found in Mark 8:36-37