Treasure in heaven and on earth?
By Ted Harrison, Church Times
THE Apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 6.10, teaches that “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” In Luke 16.13, St Luke records Jesus as saying: “You cannot serve God and money.” And, in chapter 5 of St James’s epistle, the wealthy are told to “weep and wail” over the miserable fate that awaits them.
It might be supposed that the Bible has little good to say about money. Indeed, Jesus’s advice to the rich young man was to sell all that he had, and give his money away. But scripture also recognises the reality of money, and, in several sections of the Old Testament, advice is given on the fair and responsible use of wealth.
So, the annual Good Money Week (29 September to 5 October this year) need not be seen by Christians as a contradiction in terms. Formerly known as National Ethical Investment Week, it seeks to raise awareness of a more sustainable, responsible, and ethical approach to banking, pensions, savings, and investments.