3 Reasons A Preacher Should Talk About Money
“I know I’m not alone when I say money is quite a complex subject. It can stir up a lot of intense emotions, especially among our nearest and dearest” (Dr. Robi Ludwig)
Money in general can “stir up a lot of intense emotions” and when you bring the subject into Church Life it can go to a whole new level. Last time we talked about 3 Reasons It’s Tough For A Preacher To Talk About Money today I would like to suggest 3 reasons a Preacher should talk about money
1) Jesus Talked About Money
If we go with the understanding that we talk about things that are important to us then money was important to Jesus. He talked about money more than He did about heaven and hell combined. Consider this:
- The Prodigal Son squandering his inheritance (Lk 15:11-32)
- Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31)
- The day laborers in the vineyard (Mt 20:1-16).
- The widow’s two coins (Mk 12:41-44)
- Caesar’s taxes (Mt 22:15-22)
- The rich young man (Mt 19:16-24)
- Zaccheus the tax collector (Lk 191-10).
- “Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (Mt 6:21)
- “You cannot serve both God and Mammon.” (Lk 16 and Mt 6:24). 1
2) Money Is Part Of The Whole Counsel of God
There is a very touching passage where the scene is on a beach and Paul is saying goodbye to the Ephesian believers. In Acts 20:20 he says “I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes.” The point he was making was that he didn’t just preach to tickle their ears, he taught what needed to be heard. Preaching on giving/finances/generosity should be part of your Annual Preaching Calendar.
3) Money Is A Spiritual Issue
My suspicion is that often the average church person does not make a great connection between discipleship and money. Part of the reason is that as churches we shy away from talking about finances because we don’t want to be seen as “Those people who are always asking for your money!!” As mentioned above, Jesus talked about money a lot and I think it’s because He knew money would be an issue that would trip us up in our discipleship journey.
“A checkbook is a theological document, it will tell you what and what you worship.” (Billy Graham)
With your congregation do you find talking about money, finances and generosity easy or hard?
What other reasons would you give as to why it’s important for a preacher to talk about money?