Money Matters: Mammon, Ministry, and the Meaning of Life
Nothing is more pervasive and insidious than money. It preoccupies our home, work and church. A 2015 survey by the American Psychological Association found money to be greatest concern among Americans; ahead of the three other key concerns of family, work and health. The rich and the poor are stressed by money for different reasons. In Singapore money has been blamed as the chief culprit in breaking up marriages. Few can claim that money is of no concern to them.
Jesus knows about our preoccupation with money! Sixteen out of thirty-eight of Christ’s parables deal with money. More is said in the NT about money than heaven and hell combined. Five times more is said about money than prayer. While there are 500 plus verses on both prayer and faith, there are over 2,000 verses dealing with money and possessions.
Do Christians have a different view of money from our culture? Does our wealth demand higher accountability? As salt and light, how should a Christian response to the pervasive and insidious influence of money?