What’s it all about?—Wall Street

What’s it all about?—Wall Street


(UPBEAT MUSIC) HEY, IT’S RASOOL BERRY, AND I’M HERE AT THE CHARGING
BULL, ASKING THE QUESTION, HOW HARD DO WE HAVE TO WORK
TO BE GOOD ENOUGH? (UPBEAT MUSIC) THAT QUESTION BECAME EVEN
MORE REAL OCTOBER 29TH, 1929. IT WAS IN THE MIDST OF
THE ROARING TWENTIES, A TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED WEALTH
AND PROSPERITY AND CONFIDENCE ABOUT AMERICA’S ABILITY
TO BUILD WEALTH AND POWER. IN A INSTANT, MILLIONS OF
AMERICANS LOST EVERYTHING, THEIR JOBS, THEIR MONEY,
THE STOCK MARKET HAD CRASHED, STARTING WHAT NOW IS KNOWN
AS THE GREAT DEPRESSION. (UPBEAT MUSIC) THERE’S AN ACCOUNT IN
THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW WHERE JESUS MEETS
THIS RICH YOUNG MAN. THE YOUNG MAN
ASKS JESUS, HE SAYS, “GOOD TEACHER, WHAT MUST
I DO TO GAIN ETERNAL LIFE?” HE GOES RIGHT TO
THE HEART OF THE ISSUE, WHICH IS THIS GUY’S LOVE
FOR MONEY, AND HE SAYS, “IF YOU REALLY WANNA
BE GOOD ON YOUR TERMS, “SELL EVERYTHING YOU OWN,
GIVE IT TO THE POOR, “AND COME FOLLOW ME.” THE RICH YOUNG RULER
WENT AWAY SAD. NOW, THIS GUY HAD EVERYTHING,
HE HAD THE STATUS, HE HAD THE SUCCESS,
HE HAD THE “LIKES”. AND SO JESUS’ FOLLOWERS,
THEY WERE BLOWN AWAY, RIGHT? HE WAS THE EPITOME
OF WHAT IT MEANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND GOOD ENOUGH. SO THEY ASKED JESUS,
“WELL IF HE CAN’T MAKE IT, “IF HE’S NOT, CAN ANYBODY?” YOU SEE, THE REALITY
IS THAT NONE OF US ON OUR OWN IS GOOD ENOUGH, WHICH IS WHY MATTHEW 11:28
IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PASSAGE. HE SAYS, “COME, ALL YOU
WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED “AND YOU WILL FIND REST.
I WILL GIVE YOU REST.” INSTEAD OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION, JESUS GIVES US
THE GREAT INVITATION. THE BEAUTIFUL THING IS THAT
WHEN WE REST IN THE FACT THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO BE GOOD ENOUGH, BUT THAT JESUS CHRIST
WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR US, THEN WE CAN FIND REST
FOR OUR SOULS. (JAZZY MUSIC)

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