Is that statement true? That is the question that rattled around in my head when I heard a well-meaning, very zealous individual who was driven to turn fellow-Christians away from the pursuit of materialism. However, this sentiment needs to be taken on and the merits of his case weighed more fully. There is nothing essentially virtuous about being passionate about something and then citing the name “Jesus” in the same breath. Bottom line? Does the argument have merit? If, when held up to the scrutiny of the Bible, this is true then we need to sift the priorities of our lives through the prism of being a follower of Jesus Christ. However, I need more than a fired-up individual who happens to cite “Kingdom priorities” as his proof.
So, does the reasoning that #1. America is a free-market society and #2. greed is prime mechanism in “getting ahead” in a free market society necessarily lead to #3. “Christians can never honor God by making a lot of money in this society”? What would you say to this line of reasoning?
In order for you to consider one view of how greed works in a free-market system see this classic portrayal:
The following are some very helpful resources to consider the subject in light of a Biblical worldview.
So, I will put it to you, can a Christian honor God with a radical Kingdom mentality and yet make a boat-load of money in our free market system?