Friday, May 02, 2008

Thoughts on The Economic Stimulus Payment

Piper wrote something on his blog this last Monday that got me thinking...
"For a moment, forget the political puzzle of getting money back when the country is nine trillion dollars in debt. The more immediate question is: How will you make much of Christ with your "economic stimulus payment"? The president says it will be in the mail in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Clue: Nobody in the world will see you spend your money on yourself and conclude that Christ is your treasure. They will assume you are just like them, no matter how loudly you thank God for this boon."
Then I stumbled across David Swanson wrestling with the same subject on Out of Ur:
“I thought that spending my check from the government was supposed to be the patriotic thing to do, but I’m not sure it’s the Kingdom thing to do."...

“As I read about the government’s plan in the news, the more the idea of spending money on myself seemed to be at odds with the values of God’s kingdom,” he said. He told us he’d been reading Jesus’ words in Luke 12 and it appeared to be opposed to the message that we can spend our way to prosperity, security, and happiness.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear… Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted"

Chuck said that Kingdom investment doesn’t necessarily mean giving money to the church.

Maybe there is a neighbor who needs some help. Maybe there is a ministry that could use some financial generosity. “The important thing,” Chuck told the congregation, “is to ask God what his plans are for this money.”
To top it all off, this morning my friend Kyle sent me an interesting link:
"The current economic downturn in the United States affects every American, but those hardest hit are those with no safety net: the 37 million Americans living below the poverty line, and the 47 million Americans without adequate health insurance. This spring, however, those of us who have been blessed with health and financial stability have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in our communities — and across our country and the world — who are faced with daily challenges that we cannot imagine…"
Their goal is to rally Americans to donate $100 million to organizations serving the poor in America and around the world.

Make your pledge HERE!


Melany said...

Thanks to my ECON class, I've heard far too much analysis of this stimulus from an economic perspective(The general consensus was that it is a band-aid solution, rather than a cure). Thanks for the challenge to look at it in the light of Kingdom priorities. It is so important that we view our money and time as currency to invest in eternity.

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