How To Worship the god of Money
Robert Wurtz II
In Roman times it was legal to take a person by the throat, choking and leading them to court, if they owed you money and refused to pay. In fact, some creditors were so brutal that they would twist a person’s neck until blood flowed from the mouth and nostrils. (Pelobout, P. 325; see also Vincent) This seems to be what is in view here. The man, not sure how much he was owed, throttled his fellow servant and demanded an account of where his money was.
This passage is made to sting all the more for those who are familiar with our Lord’s teachings on money. Consider how Luke 6:34-35 would apply to this wicked man:
And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
In other words, don’t get worked up when people borrow and cannot or do not repay. Some will say, “The wicked borrow and do not repay.” (Psalm 37:21) This may be, but it does not give you or I the right to treat a person in an unloving and unpeacable way, just because they are somehow indebted to us. In fact, if you don’t expect it back, as the passage says, you won’t be disappointed in the first place. What did Jesus say? Do you want to be like God? Do you really? Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Money and Insanity
Are you under the impression that this man in Matthew 18:26-29 is a rare case? He is not. There is something about money that alters some peoples’ thinking patterns to begin acting unloving and even cruel. Christians (so-called) can be as bad if not worse. They can be praising the Lord one minute and then the subject of money comes up. Suddenly, they are right in the cross hairs of James 1:8, A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. As if the subject of money anoints a person to act foolishly and contrary to their normal Christian life. What is worse is the belief that “spiritual” and “business” are different compartments of our Christian life. They are not. Let me see how you behave when it comes to money, and I’ll show you how spiritual you really are.
The Stewards of God
And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luke 16-9-11)
When a person is in a double-minded state, they will make this passage say the exact opposite of what it says. Notice it begins by saying, “make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon.” What does that mean? Brow beat people and cause a fuss over money? Drag them before the authorities until blood runs from their mouth and nose? God forbid! Some Christians do the exact opposite of what Jesus is saying to do. They don’t use money to “make friends” their obsessive attitude towards money “makes enemies.” You can cause people to hate you and despise you by exalting money; especially when you call them on the carpet over a debt and they have no way to pay. On the contrary, we can use money as an expression of our Christian love for others. This is what it is to be a “good steward.” We give when there is a need. We lend, not expecting it back. We have a cheerful attitude towards money rather than an overbearing attitude. We don’t ascribe to money an undue importance or significance. A faithful steward is one that distributes the “unrighteous money” in a way God would if He were you. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
How To Worship The god of Money
And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:11–13 NKJV)