Saturday, April 28, 2007

Rich Christians?

When I get bored, and the kids are occupied, I like to see what books are out there, fiction or non-fiction that I might be interested in reading. I stumbled across this book about how it would seem, all wealthy Christians are the same, and the purpose of our salvation is to give everything, with the exception of the little we are to live on, to the poor. Now, I am not stating this as a "wealthy" Christian, I am not wealthy! I believe that our calling as Christians is to GLORIFY God in all that we do. We were created to bring him Glory. And to serve Him and others. I get a little irritated when I hear people talk about how the rich make them sick, living in their big houses and getting richer by the minute. I don't think it is a sin to have money. It all depends on WHAT you do with it. How can we judge an entire group of people we don't know personally? We don't know if they are giving to charities, funding committees, helping the poor! God gives us what we have, I certainly believe that God has called some Christians to be wealthy, because He trusts that they will use it for HIS glory!
My hubby and I want to get out of debt, have a successful business and accumulate a lot of wealth. Now before you all JUMP down my throat about that being unbiblical, let me tell you WHY. My desire for wealth has a purpose. I have charities I want to fund, and foundations to start. Those take money. We want to be able to start a church that is not dependant on its members to survive, but one that gives to members or anyone who needs help, and can send out missionaries to do HIS work.
YES, we want a big house with land, why? So our kids can bring their friends over, we have room for kids that need a sanctuary from abuse, so we can take in foster kids. And while the initial, HEY lets go over to their house because they have cool stuff might be what draws them in, what brings them back is because they feel safe and taken care of. I remember growing up, and having friends who had big houses, and we did not. And where did we all go, the big house. Because they had cool stuff. Now that person is one of my BEST FRIENDS ever, and her parents had money, and were some of the nicest most generous people I knew.
So is it a sin to be a WEALTHY CHRISTIAN? No, I don't think so. Should we give everything we have to the poor and unfortunate, to a point. What God calls us to give. Not to enable them to stay poor, but give to assist them to a point when they can take care of themselves. If you work hard in what God has called you to do, and you are obedient, and that financially is how He CHOOSES to to bless you, then that should be the end of it. And no, I am not saying that if you are a good and faithful christian then you will be wealthy beyond all wealth and drive a mercedes for every day of the week. Nope, thats not the case either. I believe the Scripture quote is "You shall know a Christian by his FRUIT", not his bank account!!!


org junkie said...

Well said! I think those are beautiful goals to have...I admire you for that.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend :)


Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 100th post! :o)

I have posted a review of the corn dogs muffins that I promised ya!

JennaG said...

Amen--what a nice post and what wonderful hopes you have--I would like the same for us--except maybe the foster parenting part--hubby would never agree to that.

sarahgrace said...

I totally agree! Good post! And I think you've got some really good and worthy ideas to use your wealth for, and I hope that God will bless you that way.