Do you love money? This guy really does:
As he’s hugging that money, he’s probably singing this song:
Or do you hate money?
Have you ever said “I hate money!”?
I have. It’s usually because I actually love money, but I feel like I don’t have enough of it. I want more. I love money when I can spend it. But when it seems that there are too many expenses and not enough income, I can say “I hate money!” Our microwave recently broke, and immediately I think “I hate money.”
Do you hate money? Or do you really love it, but you feel you don’t have enough?
Jesus talks about money a lot. I’ve often heard, and maybe you have too, that Jesus talks more about money than he does about salvation. I’m not certain that’s true. I did a bit of research and it appears he talks about the Kingdom of God most of all. But there is no doubt he talks a lot about money.
What is fascinating is to compare the topics that Jesus actually spent a lot of time on, like money, and then look into what topics have dominated Christian discussions in the last 50 or so years?
What have we Christians in America fixated on? Money? I can’t prove it, but I don’t think so.
Instead, when you consider the topics that have been popular in politics, media and, in recent years, social media, what do you find? Most of the talk has been about abortion, homosexuality, and immigration, to name a few hot topics.
These are all important subjects that that we need to talk about. They are complex and important in our time. But while Jesus talks about money repeatedly, those other hot topics of our day pretty much don’t come up in his teaching. Those topics are hot in our time, but they really weren’t issues in Jewish culture. Roman culture, yes. But not so much in Israel, and Jesus primarily ministered in Israel. It makes sense, therefore, that he wouldn’t talk about them.
And yet, money was a big deal then, and still is today. It has always been a big deal. Perhaps that’s a good indication why Jesus spoke so frequently about it. Why then are we so loathe to talk about it? There can be a lot of fear in pastors’ hearts when it comes to sermons about money. We don’t want to offend people. Money is considered to be a private matter. We don’t talk about each others’ salaries. It is striking, then, that Jesus was so bold about money!
That said, we do have to consider why money was so important to him. Disciples of Jesus, he was intimating, would have a good handle on how to relate to money. What should our relationship with money be like? Should we love it or hate it?