Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | April 26, 2010

The Money weed

One time my son said, “I don’t like money. I wish it didn’t exist.”

He felt like money caused more harm than good, so maybe we should just not use it anymore. It was an interesting thought…

Is money the problem, though? Or is the true problem when we place the value of money in our lives over the value of our relationship with Christ?

Money in itself is not necessarily good or bad. It’s what we do with it, or desire from it, or the decisions we make from it that might be good or bad.

The issue of the love of money (the money weed) is mentioned many times in the bible:

Ecclesiastes 5:10 is about never being satisfied with enough money.

Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 are both about how we can serve either God or money, but not both.

And 1 Timothy 6:10 connects the love of money with grief in our lives: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

In my book for parents, Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive on Less than Two Incomes!, I focused on good money management. Money itself is not evil, but it is when the love of money takes over our lives that the evil comes in.

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

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