“All The Church Is Interested In…
is your money.”
Well, yes and no.
Here are more accurate statements:
1. The church is interested in your relationship to money. This interest is motivated by what is best for you. Material wealth and possessions, while not wrong in and of themselves, can become a craving that leads to sorrow (1 Timothy 6:10). Best to hold your wealth with an open hand, a grateful heart, and a humble spirit. “Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17 TNLT).” The interest the church has in your relationship to money is to guide you into fulfillment – not gouge you for a profit.
2. The church is not interested in a relationship with you because of money. You are equally important and loved regardless of your ability to repay. Your self-worth is not determined by your net-worth. Throughout history the Church has started and funded benevolence agencies, hospitals, mission outposts, homeless shelters and homes for abused and neglected children. Reaching out to people from whom there is no material return on investment is the business of the church.
Usually the ones who say all the church is interested in is your money are the ones who don’t fund the church at all. Yet when they need the church – during a time of loss, quest for guidance, or a place to celebrate – it’s the church that responds out of care and concern without a request for money.
I have a different list of those who have interests in your money. They’re not all bad. They just have an interest in a relationship based upon your financial capacity. Most radio, television, email, or billboard advertisements you see, listen to, or click-on want your money. The movie theater, concert hall or sporting event wants your money up front. And when you get inside, they want to present even more temptations in overpriced concessions and copious ads to get even more of – you guessed it - your money. And I haven’t even mentioned dinnertime telemarketers or pop-up internet ads.
There are plenty of places and people that are exclusively interested in your money – just don’t count the church among them.