How should Christians invest?

Great commentary from Wyatt Ciesielka, today — something I try to say often which he has taken the time to say right. Click on the introductory paragraph below to read it:

[Click to go to commentary about gold investing]

4 thoughts on “How should Christians invest?

  1. obeirne

    It is amazing to see – or is it? – how many people put their trust in just money? The same tunnel vision is suffered by people who are ” banking “, if you’ll excuse the pun, on silver or gold to keep them safe. This commentary is hightlights such foolishness and given the time that’s in it is timely. But how many will listen to warnings about having a false faith in precious metals, money or property? On US currency are the words In God We Trust. Isn’t that now no more than lip service – words that don’t impact on the minds and hearts of people everywhere? If we obey God by keeping His commandments – the Ten Commandments in the letter and in the spirit – and put our trust in Him He will protect us spiritually and materially. But the spiritual protection is the most important!

  2. Utterly off-topic, consider this article from Mental Floss about their “Mad Scientist of the Monh”:

    Maybe we should invest in whatever startup company he runs.

    Back on topic: I will never forget what one of the WCG ministers in Pasadena said in a sermon, “Maybe our money should read, “In This God We Trust”. Well, like all lifeless idols, its day in the sun will pass.

    A certain Dr. Jack Wheeler (no relation) has a wide range of contacts and one of them thinks the current economic crisis will force a return to the gold standard. For all the good that will do in the Day of the LORD…

  3. Steven

    Interesting article. It’s pretty obvious to me that we are to trust God above all else! However, one must understand the fact that God WANTS us to do well in investing (i.e. the parable of the talents). I have done extremely well in this regard (in spite of these economic times), so to say not to invest in Gold, Silver or whatever commodity you choose is just insane. What is wrong with making money via such investments to pay for a child’s education for example? How about to buy a house or get married etc. etc.?

    It makes me shake my head when I hear people (and they do it so often) misquote the Bible and say “Money is the root of all evil”. That’s interesting, because the Bible says no such thing. What it actually says in 1 Timothy 6:10 is “For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil” NIV. The point being, God wants us to acquire wealth in life (hence the parable of the talents), however, His main concern (when it comes to this topic) is not how much money we acquire whether it is millions or billions, rather, He is very interested in “our relationship with money”. In other words, do we see/treat money as our god or is it how it should be seen as….a tool to accomplish Godly things in life. The more we have the greater the responsibility to help others. Can you imagine the good that would be done if a member of the Church of God was as rich as Warren Buffet?

    God Bless!

  4. Howdy, Steven, and thanks, but you seem to be at risk of missing the point and of misunderstanding Christ’s parable.

    For one, the article does not say not to invest. It stresses that it is foolish to trust in those investments. For instance, a person who knows the truth of God but does not act on it (e.g., knows he should gather with others for the Sabbath but does not do so) will eventually be served in no way by their gold, silver, etc. (One who does not obey God does not trust Him. Period.) A time is coming when many Americans, Canadians, etc., who have invested heavily in gold and the like will throw such things into the street as useless to them (Ezek. 7:19, Zeph. 1:18).

    Again, the article does not say not to (wisely) invest. Who would say that? Nor does it say that making money is wrong. Again, who would say that? It simply highlights the foolishness of putting too much trust in such investments when they pale in importance to spiritual matters and living faith.

    Secondly, it is a horrible misunderstanding to say that the lesson of the parable of the talents is to teach us that God wants us to do well in investing. That’s like saying that the parable of the pearl of great price is about how we should be on the look out for expensive pearls. Or like saying that the parables about sowers in Matthew 13 are to show us that God wants us to be good farmers. Those conclusions would be just as silly as saying that the parable of the talents is that God wants us to be wealthy. He is teaching spiritual lessons in these parables.

    In fact, in the parable of the talents Jesus Christ specifically says that it is about the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 25:14), not about physical investing.

    True, God may want us to experience all sorts of success in this life — stable finances, health, et al. — as any Father would for His kids, but His plans for us individually may include poverty, as well, just as He allowed Paul to experience continued poor health instead of healing — it was intended to serve a larger purpose (2 Cor. 12:8-9). For the sake of His future (and eternal) plans for us and to serve a purpose larger than our own, God may allow us to experience circumstances where we are destitute and homeless for a time (e.g., Hebrews 11:37). The state of our wealth at the time is not nearly so important to God as our ability to be content in whatever our state (Phil. 4:11-13). And rather than seeking out wealth, the Scriptures recommend to us a different mindset: “Give me neither riches or poverty–feed me with the food allotted to me” (Prov. 30:8).

    In fact, rather than talking about how we should invest and saying something about whether or not God wants us to be wealthy, the parable of the talents gets in our face and forces us to ask ourselves much more intimate, personal questions. For instance, a person who is investing in gold, silver, balloons, or fried pickles may do well financially for a time, but if that same person is being given knowledge by God (about the Sabbath, holy days, marriage, etc.) and is not acting on what he is being given, then that person is NOT obeying the lesson of the parable — he is, indeed, disobeying it. Because, again, it is not about God wanting us to be wealthy. It is about God wanting us to take the spiritual things He gives us and put them to use.

    You are correct, though, that God is more interested in our relationship to money than how much money we have. Seeing money as a tool to accomplish Godly things in life — care for our families, support His work, etc. — is a great approach.

    As for the NIV, I did check a better translation — the NKJV — to make sure that’s really what it says. (Just kidding! I knew that’s what it says, but I saw this as an opportunity to recommend a better translation. 🙂 ) Personally, I think “avarice” would be a great translation of “the love of money” there, but I don’t know off hand of any translations that use it.

    Thanks, again.

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