The author of the Gospel according to Luke has been long accused of being anti-wealth and anti-money which is not only counter-cultural, although it certainly is, but it also is irrational because money is required for our basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter plus the extras. Within the church, that translates to the building and its maintenance, the worship, the pay of staff, which I am grateful, and our programming.
This accusation has long shone a spotlight on the tension of speaking finances within the church, but especially during a stewardship drive, or worse a capital campaign.
Yet, this accusation of the author is unfounded. The author does not oppose the tool of material resources, particularly for the sake of advancing the kingdom of God in all times and places. In fact, this is the Gospel that addresses how Jesus’ earthy ministry was funded… and it was wealthy women.
But, this author does reject the misuse, mismanagement, and hoarding of resources.
Our scripture this morning is infamous:
“Where your treasure is, there too is your heart”. Read the rest of this entry »