Don’t worry, this article is not going to be a historical account about money. For that, we would have to dig deep into the annals of human existence which traces its roots to the time that Adam and Eve were thrust out of the Garden of Eden.
Neither will it be an exposition on why Christians should believe that “poverty” is an acceptable path to humility and holiness (God forbid).
It will, however, endeavor to tackle the subject from a realistic and (hopefully) revelatory point of view.
In its simplicity, the definition of money has long been understood as an innocent “medium of exchange based on trust”.
But, as we shall see, it’s neither “innocent” nor “trustworthy”.
For example, indigenous tribes in history throughout the world traded among themselves using any form of exchange as long as both parties “trusted” in the value of such “exchanges”. Individuals might exchange seashells for food … one might enjoy the seashells to make jewelry, while the other might be glad to have food in order to survive. Both sides are “happy” and “content” over the “exchange”.
But that “trust” can easily be corrupted by more “savvy” individuals who scheme their way through life “conning” unsuspecting individuals or groups.
In 1626, Peter Minuit (representing the Dutch East India Company) purchased the entire island of Manhattan for $24 worth of “trinkets” from the Lenape Native Americans. The city that was subsequently built there was New Amsterdam, which later became known as New York City.
Now, to be sure, neither party understood the future consequences of that “exchange”, but it certainly was not “innocent” in the sense that Peter knew EXACTLY what he was doing and the great “asset” he was acquiring for such a pittance:
Worthless trinkets for land!
And it’s still going on today, but instead of land, the “Peter Minuits” of today are coming for your soul!
THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF MONEY
Throughout history, ornamental “crowns” have been placed on the heads of rulers to designate their supreme authority and power over those subservient under them.
And these same “sovereigns” ruled by decree … and their words were considered the law of the land.
This author would make the argument that “money” (in whatever form of exchange … whether it be “sea shells” or “digital”), exercises the same power and authority over those who are subservient to it. Because, whoever “issues” or “controls” the money is simply extending the reach of their influence and power over anyone who accepts that particular currency as having value.
That concept might be difficult to accept and understand, but take the minting of British coinage as a prime example.
In 1817, the United Kingdom minted a gold coin which was basically a reissue of a gold coin first minted under the reign of King Henry VII in 1489. Between the years 1817 through 1837, it was accepted as a “medium of exchange” throughout the British Empire. It bore the image of King George III on the front and an image of St George slaying a dragon on the reverse.
Do you know the name of that coin?
During the same time period, in 1818, the United Kingdom also issued a silver coin of the same design with an image of King George III on the front and St George on the reverse.
Can you guess what the name of that coin was?
Though both of these coins (the “crown” and the “sovereign”) have been minted over different centuries and with different monarch’s images, the extended “power” and “authority” that they held throughout the world (inherent in their very names) should be obvious. In other words, everywhere the coinage went (and was accepted), so also did the POWER and AUTHORITY of the British Monarch (i.e. crown) go … along with his or her ROYAL position (i.e. sovereignty)!
In the Christian mind, this should ring a bell loud and clear.
When the Pharisees were trying to “trap” Jesus in His words, they brought up the subject of “money”. Given the deception and potential confusion contained in the very concept of money, this was no coincidence. The Pharisees knew full well the “entrapment” that they were presenting at Jesus’ feet.
And given the brief assessment contained in this article so far, the following exchange should strike “truth” in the hearts of Christians. For in it, one can discern the slyness, hypocrisy and the wanton deception within their presentation.
“And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.” (Mark 12:13)
“And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” (Mark 12:14)
“Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.” (Mark 12:15)
“And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.” (Mark 12:16)
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” (Mark 12:18)
If nothing else, it should be clear to Christians from the very words of Jesus Christ Himself that “money” (in whatever form) is Caesar’s “fare” … it’s the mechanism by which tyrants control and subjugate the masses.
Not so with God!
His Kingdom functions on a totally different plane and with totally different mechanisms in place … which are His eternal promises operating through His wonderful grace, mercy and love.
No money required!!
Unfortunately, money IS required in this world. And those who have the majority of it are well versed in its usefulness to control others.
Not many people realize it, but the billionaires of this life do not seek after “more” money in order to be “richer”. They seek after riches that they may receive more “power”!
Money to them is simply a means to an end: to “control” the world and those that live in it.
If the events taking place presently confuse and disturb you, you need only to understand that simple fact. The hyper-wealthy of this world do NOT think like the masses (you). They live in an entirely different world and mindset that you cannot comprehend in its fullness.
They are motivated by Satanic forces, and contrary to popular belief, do NOT have YOUR best interest in mind. The activities and recent problems confronting humanity at this time are NOT random or accidental. They are (and have been) meticulously planned and implemented over the centuries. Many of the global “elite” don’t even understand that they themselves are just “pawns” being used in a spiritual battle for the souls of men.
And the “medium of exchange” for their warfare is the accumulation of wealth that might, in turn, be transformed into more “power” here on Earth.
The global elite are fervently at work trying to establish a One World Order. But not only that … along with a One World Government will come a One World Banking System through which ALL transactions will be conducted via a One World Currency … undoubtedly in the form of “digitized” money.
If and when this comes to pass, express views on your Email or social media accounts that go contrary to the global design (The Great Reset) and your entire ability to conduct business will be eliminated by one push of the “delete” button on a central bank’s computer terminal.
POOF! It’s all gone.
Even though Christians can help tremendously through their giving of finances, it’s a wonderful realization to know that God does not need money of any kind to win this war.
He only needs God-fearing men and women to spread the light of His Word in whatever capacity and position that He has placed them in!
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
So, in light of the things spoken here, what should the position of modern-day Christians be towards money.
We’ve been living in a hedonistic society for decades. Especially in America where even the corner grocery store carries more goods and services than the average human being could have ever imagined being available for thousands of years.
To the enlightened Christian, this can lead to a degree of wonderment in determining the direction they should take when it comes to careers, making money, investments, buying homes, providing for their families, etc.
In the mind of this author, the solution is simple and contained in one word: “contentment”.
Regardless of one’s position in life or the number of opportunities that a Christian has (or doesn’t have), the following scriptures should be enough to “enlighten their path” as they seek to walk before the Lord with integrity of mind and spirit:
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7)
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil (and at this point in the article I think we should now know why): which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1Timothy 6:6-11)
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man (i.e. the global elite) shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
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