Many people are uncomfortable when a spiritual authority discusses the god of mammon. You can hear it in such phrases as, “That church has no business talking to me about money”, or “What I do with my money is not my pastor’s concern”, or the up-front “So will I go to hell for not tithing 10%?” (Yes, I have heard all of these with my very own ears).
For many, money is an even harder topic when you don’t have much of it — especially if you’re in debt. We live in an age where getting a college degree is landing the upcoming generation in debt and some people say that the financial return, depending on the degree and person, sometimes isn’t worth it while (others say it is). Even in many first world economies outside the US, especially in Europe, don’t seem to be holding up well, either. With so much discussion about our monetary struggles, we cannot help but ask:
When Jesus said “blessed are the poor”, does that include me?
Check out my post on The Unitive on money!