I often hear the Bible mis-quoted or taken out of context, and the other day was no exception. We were watching a movie, and one of the characters quoted the Bible as claiming that money is the root of all evil. I have heard church folks say that off and on all of my life, and I’ve read it in books, too. The problem is that the Bible doesn’t say that. What Paul says in I Timothy 6:10 is that the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil. That’s a pretty big difference.
So, money isn’t the problem. Our attitudes toward it are the problem. When we focus on it, worry over it, scheme for it, swell with pride because of it, we are inviting ugly things into our lives. We don’t have to have much money at all to be ruled by thoughts of it. Even though God has more than met my needs in this regard for decades, I still find myself kind of obsessing over our finances, wondering about this and wishing for that. It’s distracting and even sometimes debilitating to be so consumed by income and outgo.
Anyway, here’s the full verse:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
God invites us to live freely and enjoy the money and resources He has given us–not stress over what we do not have or to be arrogant about what we do have.
So, I encourage you: Practice contentment. Give thanks. Be generous.