I’m sure as of late you’ve heard much talk about money and how it’s used for bad. The government can’t handle their money so they shutdown and put ‘nonessential’ people out of work for an unspecified amount of time. Drug dealers make a ton of it and use it to keep people controlled. Pornography is a multibillion dollar industry that in my opinion is face of sex slavery and human trafficking. So yeah, money handled in the wrong way can definitely make it look evil.
However I want you to consider something different with me today. What if we looked at money as an Amoral object. See, an amoral object is something that can be used for good or evil. It is neither good nor bad.
Let’s take a brick for example. Bricks if used in the wrong way can cause a lot of damage to windows, cars, flesh, and … I think you get the point. The brick isn’t alive so it didn’t make the choice to be thrown through the window, it just simply got launched. Bricks used in the right way, however, are valuable in creating castles, beautiful homes, cathedrals, garden walkways and so forth.
Money is the same way. Above I showed examples of how money used poorly can cause immense amounts of destruction. In spite of that, it can also be used for immense amounts of good.
Money used in a good way can buy gifts for those we love. It pays for the food we eat and if we plan properly, it can be used to help buy food for a family that just lost all of its income. Money pays for a shelter to protect women from an abusive husband. It helps create water wells in Africa and restore communities after hurricanes in Haiti and the gulf coast. So no, money is not evil.
“But David,” you ask, “doesn’t the Bible say that money is the root of all evil?” The answer is NO it does not. It actually says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10
What this means is that the love of money takes us away from the pursuit of our faith. It is when we begin pursuing things outside of God, that evil and deception come. Matthew’s gospel records Jesus’ instruction that we cannot love both God and money. Either we will love one and hate the other, or we will be devoted to one and despise the other. Seems to me that’s a no win situation for anybody.
So with this in mind, what are some ways you can change the way you view money? Giving to a local church? Local Ministry? Charity? Buying or making dinner for a poor college student or newly wed couple? There are literally hundreds of ways to be generous with your money.
To close I’ll leave you with this proverb.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10