Spiritual Decoder Ring

Remember those "secret decoder rings" you used to get in cereal boxes? There was a secret message written on the back of the box, but you had to have the decoder ring to read it. The lens in the ring made the words in the message visible.
I think that's the way "things" affect people. You know; money, power, fame, things like that. I've always heard it said that power corrupts people, but I don't think it works that way. I think that power and riches and fame only make  character flaws (that were there all along) visible, much like the decoder ring and the secret message. Power doesn't corrupt people, it just brings the corruption that was already there out into light!
The Bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil, but that the love of money is the root of all evil. Sometimes money and power just make it possible for people to be their true selves! The evil was already there; envy, jealousy, greed and the like. The decoder ring of power and wealth just let us see it for what it was!

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