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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Money

What is more likely to erode your faith, too much money or not enough money?

15 comments:

rainydayinmay said...

ok... you have no clue who i am but i just stumbled upon your blog and love it. i was intrigued because i have friends in jonesboro but then i started reading your posts and i just loved it... i am marking you as a favorite and vow to be back!

rainydayinmay said...

and i forgot the reason i was commenting... although i know you were asking rhetorically but definatly too much of it...

David U said...

I lean towards too much money eroding faith. But, I acknowledge that lack of money also could be someone's motivation for losing their faith......if they had a skewed vision of what the Gospel is and what faith is.

DJG said...

too much

TCS said...

what is too much and what is not enough?

TCS said...

Oh, and my mouth hurts for you both.

Laura said...

Not enough.

God promises to provide for us. He is specific about the things we needn't worry about: What we will eat, what we will drink, what we will wear.

He also invites us to test Him by paying our tithes and to see if He will not open the storehouses of heaven for us.

If He doesn't come through on those promises He's made; if there is drought and famine when we have placed our trust in His good word, this could devastate our faith.

I don't think this is "a skewed vision of what the Gospel is and what faith is," as David U puts it.

The Good News is not "Hallelujah, now that you've accepted Jesus, he's going to let you barely scrape by for the rest of your life just so you know that it's God who's taking care of you!"

What a lousy caretaker God must seem to those who are given this message from the church!

I think too many Christians (and I'm not picking on David, just pointing this out) equate being wealthy with being ungodly...because "obviously" you have to work really hard to get all that money, so your primary focus must be on the getting of the money, not following God.

Have you ever considered what a BURDEN being a wealthy Christian must be?

What humility it requires!

Particularly in the face of the accusations from your "brethren" who smugly assume it is your ungodliness that has brought you such wealth.

But being rich is humbling also because you know that you are only a steward over the things He has given you.

It requires great faith to bear the burden of responsibility for great wealth.

Laura

Randy & Kelly Vaughn said...

Both. I wrestle with having too much and testify to erosing happening. I work among people who have too little and see the erosion every day in their lives. It does remind me of one of my favorite verses:

PROV 30: 8-9

"...give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD ?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."

-Randy

That Girl said...

I've neither had too much or too little. I think you know when you have too little before you know when you have too much. I'm afraid in my case, too much would be a detriment to my faith.

Matt said...

Chris-

I think that I may be getting ready to blog on this subject BIG TIME.

...and I love the way your question begs another question: Who gets to decide what is "too much" and what is "not enough"? If I'M the one who gets to decide, then I have an answer.

Here is the bottom line for me: I will probably never say "I just think I have too much money today", but - if I'm not careful - I may always dream about what could be done if I have JUST A LITTLE MORE. In other words, if I get to decide, I may always not have enough, and I may never have too much.

Is it possible for both conditions to be true at the same time? Perhaps it is "not enough" to me, but its "too much" for me to handle, spiritually at the same time? If so, I think that it is THIS STATE, where I THINK I don't have enough and where I don't realize I may already have TOO MUCH, where the danger lies. To say I already have "enough" or even that I have "too much" is to be in a good place spiritually, because it probably reflects a heart that is ready to give.

As to all of those sad, lonely, misunderstood Christians who live comfortable, wealthy lifestyles, I'll probably be writing about that soon in my own space.

Meredith said...

I tend to draw closer to God when the money gets scarce. It makes my faith stronger that He will always take care of me. When I have too much, I tend to do things "on my own". I get in a comfort zone.

Soren said...

Too much.

Randy & Kelly Vaughn said...

Both. I wrestle with having too much and testify to erosing happening. I work among people who have too little and see the erosion every day in their lives. It does remind me of one of my favorite verses:

PROV 30: 8-9

"...give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD ?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."

-Randy

TCS said...

Oh, and my mouth hurts for you both.

rainydayinmay said...

and i forgot the reason i was commenting... although i know you were asking rhetorically but definatly too much of it...