Thursday, January 26, 2012
IS MONEY EVIL?
Money is not evil. It is morally neutral. Money can be used for good, such as supporting missionaries or building hospitals. It also can be used for evil, such as financing illegal drugs and pornography.
Examine 1 Timothy 6:10 carefully: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil.” The Bible does not condemn money itself, only the misuse of or a wrong attitude toward money. Moreover, particularly in the Old Testament, many of the godliest people were among the wealthiest people of the day. Job, Abraham and David were all wealthy, and yet they did not allow wealth to interfere with their relationship with the Lord.
Nevertheless, Scripture warns that riches can destroy a spiritually fruitful life. “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22).
Also, it is easy for those who are rich to turn away from God. “For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant” (Deuteronomy 13:20). Someone once observed, “For every 99 people who can be poor and remain close to Christ, only one can become wealthy and maintain close fellowship with Him.” It must be human nature to cling to the Lord when it’s obvious that only He can provide our needs. Once people become wealthy, they often take the Lord for granted because they no longer think they have as much need of Hiim.