A Biblical Perspective on Money
February 8, 2004
Luke 14:33, "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple."
Wendell Berry, "What a man most needs is not a knowledge of how to get more, but a knowledge of the most he can do without, and of how to get along without it. The essential cultural discrimination is not between having and not having or haves and have-nots, but between the superfluous and the indispensable."
In a research on American's attitudes toward money, cited in God and mammon in America, finds that 86% of weekly churchgoers say greed is a sin. However, 79% of the same group say they wish they had more money. Conclusion, "Most churchgoers can thus deplore the greed they see in others but remain insensitive to its impulses in themselves."
One study showed that credit makes it easier to indulge our desires for immediate gratification, putting off the actual expenditures of money. This has led to record high levels of consumer debt and personal bankruptcy.
FOUR BASIC PRESSURES TO MATERIALISM:
1. PEER PRESSURE.
"Keeping up with the Joneses"
2. POSITION PRESSURE.
We spend to establish or maintain social position.
3. PROGRESS PRESSURE.
We spend in order to stay current and newer, better technology
4. PACE PRESSURE.
Easy credit artificially speeds the pace at which we can acquire
CHRISTIAN/BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON GIVING
1. GOD CREATED AND OWNS EVERYTHING.
Ps 24:1 "The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein."
Gen 1 Creation Account
2. CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE GIVERS-NOT TAKERS
Mal 3:8-10, "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try ...
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