Is the Bible a Resource for Financial Advice?
by Steve Sanchez | August 12, 2012
Most people reading the title might say, “Oh no are we going to get Christianity shoved down our throats”…
The truth is, it’s a question and issue that deserves some discussion since over 76 percent of people in America consider themselves Christians. The reason I thought I would touch on this and bring clarity and awareness to many people is because there are so many families facing economic woes today due to the Wall Street Casino, our Government being out of touch with Main Street, and for many American’s receiving bad advice from so called financial experts.
I was reading an article that stated that a recent survey found most Americans would rather receive financial advice from Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian rather than the Bible. Many of you may even agree with this survey, but I will tell you why I don’t and why you shouldn’t either, especially if your one of the 76 percent that calls yourself a Christian.
First, if we look at the Bible from the perspective of an ancient book of knowledge and take the religious elements away from it, one can hardly argue that this book does not contain context, insight, and the highest forms of wisdom.
Passages, such as being a good steward of one’s resources, staying out of debt and giving to those in need is hardly the wrong type of advice. How about the passage of a good man leaving an inheritance to his children’s children? This seems to be sound advice for us as men on how important it is to leave our grandchildren resources to continue with going to college, starting a business, being charitable, etc… As women, the value of making a dollar stretch and living within a budget seems very mainstream to me.
It’s undeniable that many of the parables we quote and live by today came from the Bible. Of course one could say; Steve I’m an Atheist and this doesn’t apply to me, and again I would ask you to take the religious aspect out of it and focus on the wisdom which you hear regurgitated by many of the best selling authors that are self-appointed financial gurus, which indeed tell us to get out of debt, live within our means, setup trusts, and to be charitable.
So when I hear that many would rather hear financial advice from a celebrity that inherited their fortune from their famous lawyer-father and continues to be famous for the sake of being famous, it concerns me that we have lost touch with the simple and basic fundamentals that we all can benefit from. For me, the Bible is just that resource. How can we ignore the most influential, most published, most read, and most translated book in our world’s history.
Now of course, we do need financial advise from reputable sources as well for implementation. Many of these sources can be secular as well as non-secular. I personally would not pass up an hour with the likes of a Donald Trump for strategies to possibly increase my wealth, and I would never suggest for anyone to not seek advice from successful men and women. The premise of this article is not to dismiss all the different arenas available to us as consumers. The premise is to bring to light the oldest of resources that never fails; truthfully it never has failed me. When I look back at all the financial decisions I made over my adult life, the ones where I put biblical wisdom to use I prospered and more times than not when I sought man and ignored the wisdom of the Bible I failed more times than I succeeded.
It seems a healthy balance of both is very necessary especially for those that call themselves Christians. So the next time you find yourself in need of making a financial decision, I would challenge you to give the Bible a try and seek that wisdom first. I believe when that is done, it will give us the clarity to seek other counsel where we can then put a plan together and see that plan out.
For those that may feel I went religious with my weekly insight I apologize because my intent is not to offend anyone. Look at it this way, if it doesn’t offend you to read a fortune from a fortune cookie, ask a Psychic to look into their Crystal Ball then hearing one man’s opinion about the Bible shouldn’t offend you. It should challenge you to see if my argument is warranted or not.
Remember, opportunities don’t go away; they just go to someone else.