When I heard that golfer Phil Mickelson was taking a hefty appearance fee to play in a tournament next month in Saudi Arabia, the phrase, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul,” came to mind.
That turn of phrase appears twice in the New Testament, in the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark. Now, I’m no Biblical scholar, but when a passage shows up twice in separate books, that probably means something.
Jesus certainly wasn’t thinking of Mickelson directly in his talk with his disciples, or even the game of golf, which was thousands of years from being created.
But the overall concept of social responsibility among those who have much is universal, even off the links.