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.
Online Written Resources
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.
Food for Thought
- “What Jesus has to say about God’s economy,” Ethics Daily, July 6, 2012
- “Religion colors money views,” USA Today, Sept. 20, 2011
- “The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free,” Wired, March 2010
- “Moment of Truth,” by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
- “Special Web Extra: Serving God with our Money,” Sojourners, May 2008
- “Economic Depression: Spiritual Uplift,” Patheos Catholic Page, Aug. 10, 2011
- “Economic Grief and Spiritual Recovery,” Patheos Preachers Page, Sept. 27, 2011
“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48b, NRSV
“[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
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