June 7, 2015
Texts: Mark 10:17-27
I've wanted for a long time to offer a teaching about money. I've hesitated, though, in part because I haven't been able to figure out exactly what Jesus was saying about it. But then I thought that since no one else has figured it out, you wouldn't expect me to in twenty-five minutes, so I'll just consider some of the questions the Gospel asks us. The other part of my hesitation is that it's one thing to talk about money when, like Marja and me, you have more than enough and another thing when, like some of you, you're struggling to make ends meet. But if we're going to be part of the same community, we're going to have face the issue of money together, too.
I'm told that Jesus talked more about material wealth and possessions than about any other subject except the Kin-dom of God. Given that almost all of us in this country are wealthy compared to most of the rest of the world, I suppose it's not surprising that the American church has largely ignored, stretched or distorted Christian theology to avoid the biblical teachings on money.