Monday, January 9, 2012

Show Me Da Money!

It is written in Scripture that "the love of money is the root of all evil."  I believe that sentence bears careful reading.

Note that it DOESN'T say "money is the root of all evil."  It says, "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil."

Money can sure come in handy.  It can pay for bills, medical insurance, or an overdue vacation in the Florida Keys.  It can finance cures for exotic diseases in foreign lands, a new church building, or the tuition for a college education.  It can do good; it can do evil; and it can be indifferent.

But whatever is done with money, Christians are called to do as much as possible to help others with it.  By choosing to do this, Christians say to the world that money is important - because it helps us help others.

The word I love to hear churches use whenever they speak of money is "stewardship."  This means those churches will be CAREFUL with how it is raised, how it is spent, and how it appears to work for God's Kingdom.

Failing to do those things removes the obligation for anyone to put a single nickel in the collection plate of those churches.

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