I started writing on Christian stewardship for several reasons. I came to faith in a part of Christianity that is what most would call the “prosperity gospel” or the “Health and wealth” gospel and I found myself disturbed at the way those churches taught people to handle their finances. They simply treated God like a get rich quick scheme. If you offered your money on the right alter God would make you rich. It was just that simple. I know families that gave everything they had to the church and when they needed financial help were basically told they needed to have more faith, but were given no help my the church.
Then I started seeking wisdom in the world for financial advice. I read “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, “The Millionaire Next Door” and, still one of my favorites, “The Richest Man in Babylon.” These books had a lot of great financial advice but very little to say about how the Gospel should influence your money choices. I saw a great need in the church. A balance if you will between these two views.
It seems to me as I read many personal finance articles even those written by Christians they still boil down to spend less than you make, get out of debt, save for retirement and give. And maybe that is enough, but it seems like there is really more to it than that. This blog has become a place for me to stretch out some ideas I have about what Christian stewardship is all about. I may get a little crazy sometimes, but I hope to find truth in the scriptures for regarding my money and my love of it.
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