…If God wants to know what our priorities are, all He has to do is peek in our checkbook. Our checkbook has a blabbermouth!
A fellow blogger who looks at marriage from a Christian perspective wrote a post recently which describes in black and white what is probably obvious to the rest of us who are in long term, committed relationships. The root of nearly all divisiveness within the home AND the leading reason for divorce worldwide is $$$$$$$$$$$$$ and ¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢. As a matter of fact, the stresses of money have fractured marriages within my own family and almost destroyed my own many years ago! And we are not alone!
Did you know that there are 2.4 million marriages a year and that there are also 1.2 million divorces a year? And did you also know that money issues seldom (if ever) disappear following a divorce since most states here in the US hold a spouse equally responsible for debts incurred during the marriage, even if they had no part in taking out the loan? Think this is a new problem exclusive to the 20th and 21st centuries? Well think again!
Would you be surprised to learn that there are more verses in the Bible about buying, selling, borrowing and lending, than almost any other subject and this includes nearly 1/2 of Jesus’ parables? It was the devil in the dollar (or silver, anyway) that lured an already uncertain mind like the one in Judas Iscariot’s head to betray the Lord all those centuries ago. Think about the words in 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” And even in the Old Testament, God reminds us that money is His! Haggai 2:8 ESV “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts.” It seems to me that if God spends this much tine and effort in talking and counseling about the pitfalls of the trap of a web of gold, then why do so many fall victim?
I once read an article by a PhD by the name of Amos Johnson, who sought to explain why money and faith are kissing cousins. Some of his examples include the following concepts:
- They are both substantive things we desire or need.
- We must work hard in order to receive more of both things.
- They both dissipate into the realm of purposelessness when they are not used (yes, this is a real word! (noun) purposelessness – the quality of lacking any definite purpose).
- They both wield the power to influence the actions of others.
- The value of both is subjective and based on our own determination of their worth.
- Both will multiply when sown in the right way.
- Both offer their own unique form of protection whether it is to protect our bodies from the elements or our souls from damnation.
Now my take on the subject has always been a bit different. Money for me had always tended to muddy the issue at hand. Since I tend to look at life through the rose colored glasses of love and happiness, I tend to see money as failing miserably short of making people happy but, instead,affording them a more comfortable existence in the misery it engenders. However, try as we might like to, we can not escape the fact that the world rotates on an axis of gold. So what we need to do is look to keep from turning our hearts into gold, as well. Remember that it is having the wisdom to understand the difference between faith that is golden and gold that is worshiped, that will always prove the superiority of the one over the other!
“For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.”
Ecclesiastes 7:12 NASB
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