Why doesn’t God have snow days?
Why is the church always talking about money? Can’t we give that up for Lent?
Lent is a season for contemplation and reflection. We can consider almost any worthy subject and be in the spirit of Lent.
The easier question to answer is about snow days – because God’s love is transcendent and never stops. Besides, I have it on good authority that it never snows in Heaven.
As to talking about money, Jesus set the example and if you are a person who likes numbers – sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.
Why is this topic so popular in the scriptures yet so difficult for some folks to feel good about? Part of the answer is cultural. In our culture, possessions, wealth and the power that money gives are valued over most anything else. It is not a Christian value. In fact, it has been the cause of much of the evil things that have happened in the world. Money is, in reality, a neutral thing, neither good nor bad. How much it is valued is where we get into trouble.
In a community of faith, we can make money into a very positive commodity when we use it to empower God’s work (God’s Kin-dom) and that is good. The troubling part is our difficulty in giving money.
Money and our possessions are talked about often because the rest of society talks about money and increasing possessions ALL THE TIME. It’s all over TV, social media, radio, newspapers and magazines, even billboards while we are driving.
We need to be constantly reminded that what is really important in our lives transcends all of these other pressures. Our money, our time and our talent all come to us as a gift from God. We have been created by a God that loves us and gives us the BEST. Our discipleship is learning how to use what we have been given to build a better world and not bigger storage units (read that as silo’s in the bible) to keep all the stuff we have.
If we are taking Lent seriously, Generosity is a subject worthy of our time and attention.