Throwing Money at a Problem is Not the Answer

Many Americans believe that how our government spends money will determine the moral character of our nation; so they condemn one political faction and embrace the other. This is true of both conservatives, liberals, progressives, and socialist. They view this as a way to balance and correct the economic, social, racial... injustice in our world.

1. They forget that both political parties are part of this world system and are corrupt.

2. They forget that the currency is "Caesar's" and therefore is corrupt.

3. They forget that Jesus refused to arbitrate financial injustice between "brothers". (because the issue was one of greed even on the part of the one who had been wronged)  We need to think about this a lot.

4. They assume that true power is in the money. This thinking is idolatry. "The love of money is the root of all evil." Love corresponds to worship. People talk about what they worship. If you are always talking about money (even government budgets) it is idolatry; it is not "being responsible." What is in the heart comes out the lips. 

5. They forget that only God has the power. True power is in a humble relationship with Christ that is built on trusting Him with the mess we are experiencing.  That mess may be government or may be personal, but it is still a mess. 

Blaming, name calling, divisiveness are all a result of not trusting God to be in control and not trusting His timing in fixing things.  We think that our non-Christian behavior (the lack of humility, charity, kindness, and patience) will do that which God has chosen not to do at this moment. Impatience is a sin because it is a failure to trust God.

The Bible does teach that charity comes from the heart; not the government. The sad news is that Christians on both sides of the political spectrum put their trust in money more than they put their trust in God and this idolatry is so deep in them that this kind of talk seems "strange" to them. Money is not the language of heaven. We walk on gold there, it is nothing of value.

This is not advocating irresponsibility with money, for we answer to God as to how we spend and use our resources. We are responsible to do well with money, whether or not it is personal spending, business spending, or Government spending. 

Nor am I advocating not being involved in solutions. It must be remembered that all solutions start with my own personal behavior long before they should be politicized.  I see people on all sides of the spectrum making it political when they personally do little to truly love their neighbor and help the poor and needy. 

 

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