Within today’s blog entry, I hope to provide an unapologetic and truthful explanation on the commonly misconstrued topic of money through giving insightful clarity on how “the machine(the system)” works.
Nowadays, perhaps more than ever, people need to be exposed to the truth, especially on something as intrinsically important as their understanding of money and how it functions in society today. A significant portion of the Holy Scriptures are comprised of an abundance of teachings, lessons, and parables surprisingly all centred around the topic of money. Therefore, it is indispensable for Christians to have a proper understanding of money, without which we cannot faithfully serve God. This is because an improper understanding on money(at root level) will invariably result in poor stewardship(see Parable of Talents in Luke 19:11-27).
Howard L. Dayton, Jr. from his book entitled, Leadership, Vol. 2 supportingly states the following:
Jesus talked much about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.
Here are the 8 things you need to know about money:
- Money is a pure abstraction; it is merely a network for and by which information is exchanged.
- Ultimately, money possesses no absolute value.
- Money is not wealth; money is like a bookkeeping account for economic energy to fuel “the machine”.
- The relationship of money to value is precisely what words represent towards their intended meaning.
- There will be a constant self-frustration as long as people misunderstand what money truly is.
- Because there needs to be a means of purchasing to what “the machine” has produced, multitudes of bureaucratic and mindless jobs have therefore been manufactured.
- “The machine” (which is ironically owned by government) works for the manufacturer and the community. The main purpose for “the machine” is to supposedly relieve you of the suffering associated with having inadequate “stuff” (which is also derived from a lack of money).
- Requirement for Change: People’s psychological attitude towards money and wealth needs to be radically changed. Specifically, small-mid sized business owners need to somehow be persuaded to play fair with one another, rather than continually cannibalize one another’s sales for market share as they steadily increase prices.
It is impossible for us in our limited human-fleshly strength to ever bring about this new psychological attitude. I will digress a little here in order to help exemplify how much we need God and His supernatural strength before any lasting change will ever come about.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tell his disciples the following when they question how anyone can be saved, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible”(Mark 10:27; emphases mine). To provide full context, the verses preceding this one are about the impossibility by which the rich will be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, at least in their own strength anyway. Jesus tells us the following in Mark 10:23–26(emphases mine):
“And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?”
Herein lies the heart of the issue both figuratively and literally. The issue is not money in and of itself. Money, when stewarded faithfully by the good servant(as seen in the Parable of Talents), has the capacity to be God-Glorifying through when it is utilized for Kingdom-Furthering purposes. However, the human heart is fallen by nature so it needs to be redeemed and restored in order for this to happen. This is something that is humanly impossible. It is solely through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit that is capable of providing our greatest need, that is, a brand new heart. Ezekiel beautifully conveys this glorious truth and reality in Ezekiel 11:19-20 as seen below:
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God (Ezekiel 11:19-20; emphases mine)
Holy Spirit, please do your supernatural surgical work with our non-believing hearts and lead us into the Way everlasting! In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
May God continue to bless you all in the weeks ahead!