Whom Do You Owe Loyalty?
Loyalty has many faces: it can be single or multiple, exclusionary or non-exclusionary. Also, the degree of loyalty given varies. You give loyalty to a person, a family, a group, a religious ideology, a religion, a nation, etc. The strength of loyalty of each would vary. However, in some cases multiple loyalty can cause conflict. One person or group or idea is more important than the other.
Jesus recognizes that human beings meet these conflicts when he says, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” ” In such a way, this tells us that you must seek to serve a proper ‘object’ of loyalty. That object encompass “anyone or anything to which one’s heart can become attached or devoted” (John Ladd).
In the song below, consider to whom loyalty is owed most. Can you determine the singer’s ideology concerning friendship and money?