Money & Work

Life in today’s world requires money – it is the means by which people provide for their basic needs. That money is obtained through a framework of economic systems. Money at the individual level and economics at the systems level present both opportunities and challenges. Christians seek to follow Christ in how they use their own money and, in a democracy, how they create systems for promoting economic health for all.


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Therefore: Taxation & Justice

What in the world do taxes have to do with faith? Examining tax policy through the lens of scripture may strike some people as strange, and many Americans contend that taxation has nothing to do with faith. In fact, while most people in the United States claim to be religious and to identify with various Christian traditions, many of these religious Americans refer to taxation as an evil. Click here to read more.

Therefore: Economic Ethics & the Ten Commandments

One of the most interesting versions of the Ten Commandments appears in Deuteronomy 5. Long before that passage was written down, Moses had led the people out of slavery. Yet many did not know how to deal with their liberation. Click here to read more.

Therefore: The Gospel & Money

Money is a gift from God. When we are in right relationship with God, we will be in right relationship with money. God’s Spirit frees us to find contentment in what we’ve been given. When God is our source of security and worth we can receive and let go of money. Money become a servant rather than a master. Click here to read more.

Thrift or Debt: Which is the Right Direction for Texas

From this day forward, we ask our political leaders to govern our state according to principles of living within our means, saving for the future, transparency in financial matters. and careful stewardship of our human and natural resources. Click here to read more.

Therefore: Child at Work

For millions of children there is no time to be a child. Work fills the day. Millions of them produce goods for US consumers. Children work to help their families, to pay for school, to survive. While there is no accurate accounting of how many of the world’s children contribute to their families’ or their own economic support, the number of working children is surely in the hundreds of millions. Click here to read more.

Therefore: Economic Ethics and the Ten Commandments

One of the most interesting versions of the Ten Commandments appears in Deuteronomy 5. Long before that passage was written down, Moses had led the people out of slavery. Yet many did not know how to deal with their liberation. Click here to read more.

Therefore: Faith in the Workplace

If the faith that we have has to be kept in the church house, it becomes root-bound and irrelevant. It needs the challenge of the workplace, and the workplace needs the perspective of faith. Do you think that our society is just sitting with bated breath waiting for us to bring our faith to the workplace? Click here to read more

Other Resources

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Scripture

“[Jesus] sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, 'Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’” Mark 12:41-44, NRSV

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48b

“You shall not lend them your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at a profit.“ Leviticus 25.37

“Do not say to yourself, 'My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.“ Deuteronomy 8:17-18

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Labor Day can help us think about work from a Christian perspective


By Bill Tillman

Labor Day — what a novel and paradoxical concept, at least the way many Americans think about it. The day, the first Monday in September, has ambiguous origins. The rationale for the day was that the American worker needed to be honored for the economic and cultural achievements brought in by the national labor movement more than 100 years ago.

A paradox is that no labor is expected on Labor Day! It’s a holiday for many American workers. Christians could offer some perspective on the day off from work.... [continue]

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Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

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