Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Proper Role of Money

Money goes hand in hand with another word that begins with M: ministry. Money grew out of the barter system, and in some ways still operates as such. You have a need that my service and/or product will satisfy so I minister to you. In exchange, when I have a need that your service and/or product will satisfy you will minister to me. This mutual interdependency has grown very complicated with the advent of money but it is the basis for all human interaction.
Needs are usually broken into three categories: physical, psychological and spiritual. The physical is the most evident. The psychological is more illusive but still very real. The spiritual is more theoretical and nebulous. All require services and/or products to meet these needs which require ministry.

The possession of money:
• As a right: No! The last shall be first and the first shall be last. It is by grace that money is provided.
• As a necessary evil: No! “God looked at everything He had made, and He was very pleased.” (Genesis 1:31)
• As a medium for accommodating trade: Yes! By definition and design.
• As a channel for facilitating the work of God: Yes!
• As an instrument for evil: Yes! “'The love of money is the root of all evils and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds. “ (1 Tim 6:10)

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