What’s Your Real Attitude Toward Money?

1. What’s Yours is Mine; I Will Take It.

Much has been made recently about the Bible promoting socialism or Jesus being a communist. In fact, Jesus refused to institute an earthly government and, throughout scripture, individual responsibility, owning private property, inheritance of wealth, hard work in exchange of personal reward or profit, and wise stewardship are encouraged. Laziness, idleness, and gratuitously remaining a monetary burden to others were rebuked.  This attitude towards money tries to forcibly mandate sharing, but Socialism in action has proved to be a disaster, leaving the few remaining countries who espouse it mired in abject poverty and corruption.

2. What’s Mine is Mine; I Will Keep It.

This attitude is the American ideal and it makes sense on an earthly level; you’ve worked hard for your money and you should be able to keep it. However, as Christians, we know the Bible warns time and again against hoarding our money or spending it carelessly on ourselves for things which have no eternal value (i.e. Luke 12:34, James 5:1-3, 1 Tim 6:6-10, Ecc 5:13, Luke 12:16-21, and so on).

3. What’s Mine is God’s; I Will Share It.

Psalm 24:1 tells us that “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” When we concede that everything belongs to Him, it turns the worldly views of wealth on their heads. We share “our” (read: God’s) money joyfully, not because of a government mandate, but because we know God will provide for us. Being a conduit for Him is more satisfying than being a cul-de-sac for ourselves. Isn’t this the kind of economy you want to live in?

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