A Biblical View of Wealth
“The crown of the wise is their riches.” Proverbs 14:24
Hi everybody. This is Doug today asking a question of you today. Is it biblical to create wealth or riches? (Wealth and riches can have very different meanings to a Christian based on the context, but that will be the subject of another post.) At first it may seem like a silly question, but let’s examine why even ask such a question.
Have you ever asked yourself why do we always seem to go the wrong direction? Why do we as individuals or towns or states, or as a nation always seem to go the wrong way, even when normal logic tells us otherwise? If you miss a couple car payments, a guy comes out and takes it back and still wants his money for the car, but as a nation we can spend trillions of dollars that we don’t have, but its OK, no problem.
Do we have the Right Mindset for Creating Wealth?
I believe it is from our ever-increasing endorsement of collectivism that creates this strange logic. We are educated in this concept throughout our school life and in our society. Let me explain why this is not a good thing. Collectivism is not really sharing one with another for the good of all. Happy and blissful sharing, it is not. Collectivism creates a formalized structure that deliberately attempts to set up a moral matrix to legitimize taking things from one group of people and giving it to another. It is a framework of virtue about stealing. President Obama has said he believes in collective salvation. We cannot be saved unless we are all saved together.
What drives the engine of collectivism? Materialism is the “fertilizer” of collectivism. The idea that; he has it, and I want it even if I can’t afford it. But it is not just the idea that people want all the material things of life, that the pursuit of material things is the highest goal; it is the belief that all things are material, including humans. We are just sophisticated animals, not spiritual, only material.
The collectivist treats people the same as a farmer treats his cows. The cows do not go to the farmer (Government) and demand to keep more of their milk. The farmer owns the cows and tells the cows he will do what ever he wants with the milk. We humans are treated as sophisticated animals to the collectivist, not spiritual, only material. Remember Benghazi? Those lost were just “a speed bump in our foreign policy” – (Obama). And later Hilary Clinton asked, “What difference does it make now?” Collectivism is something that allows some people to live off of the sweat of other people’s brow. It is not happy sharing.
In Genesis chapter one, God describes His creation of the physical universe, including man. In chapter two he elaborates on the creation of man and animals. Verse 7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Further in verse 19 He says, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air…” However in Hebrew the two words “formed” in the two verses above are spelled differently. An extra character is present in the verse 7 word “formed” that is not present in the verse 19 word “formed.” This extra character denotes the spiritual “living soul” part of man that is not present in the animals.
I explained this to show why you may not have a biblical view of wealth or riches. These ideas have been put into our mind and subconscious for years. Let me compare a couple things between a collectivist mindset and a mindset that says it is a good and honorable thing to create wealth.
First, collectivism is a competition for victim-hood. It’s a feeling that I don’t have as much, so I deserve more. It stimulates envy. (Me vs. the 1%) It stimulates community activism and politicians to GET you more. Its greatest virtue is equality. But that is equality of outcomes for all people and sameness throughout society. “We need to spread the wealth around.” – (Obama). The result is a static condition of poverty. Those of us who are innovative and industrious will not continue to provide more and more for those who are not.
Second, lets see why creating wealth is the best objective. One that has its virtues set in sound biblical principles. By having a Biblical view of wealth, we are actually in competition for service to each other, not to feel like victims. The best business and the best service to each other will create the most wealth. This stimulates success and achievement, not envy. A Biblical view of wealth creates an ambition for respectability on your own, not demanding politicians and activists get it for you. Its greatest virtue is freedom! Having the freedom to earn more and give more and to serve each other more. This includes those who can’t make it on their own. The result of this mindset is dynamic growth.
Creating Wealth Is the Best Objective
So, is it OK to focus on serving other people and give meaningful charity and creating wealth instead of being an equal victim? Absolutely! Do you have a message to deliver? You know that people listen to those with wealth. Remember this song lyric of “If I were a rich man,” from “Fiddler on the Roof?” “When you’re rich they think you really know.” The crown of wealth for the wise.
The virtues in scripture depict a continuous story of all of us being connected as unique individuals, with different talents and abilities. God gave us these qualities to exercise our freedom and liberty to help and prosper each other accordingly. So is it OK to create wealth? Yes, for all who are able. Again, Proverbs 14:24 says, “The wealth of the wise is their crown.” (NIV)
My recommendation for all of you is to start on the road to prosperity and a healthy service to those around you. Develope the correct mindset and a way to deliver the correct mindset to your subconscious. Develope a mindset that will teach you not to be the victim but to achieve success and wealth.
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