Rendering unto Caesar: tax season reflections on faith and finance

moneyFor many Americans, next week is one of the darkest times of the year: it’s the week that taxes are due!

If you’ve spent a few hours lately slogging your way through your tax forms (and if you haven’t, you really should get on that), the odds are good that you’ve lamented a few unwise financial decisions, or wondered where all your money went over the course of the year.

As you can well imagine, money concerns top the list of stress-inducing topics for most everybody, rich or poor. The economic crisis of the last two years has added an extra edge to ever-present worries about how to keep our finances under control. And for Christians, there’s an additional dimension to the issue of money and finances. Christians must face the question of how they are to spiritually view the pursuit of wealth, and how they are to manage their money.

The Bible has a lot to say about riches, wealth, and money management, and this week is a good time to take a look at what God teaches us about money. Whether you’re living from paycheck to paycheck or are swimming in cash, the Bible challenges you to adopt a Christlike attitude toward money. Here are some resources that explore what, exactly, that means:

  • The Bible and money: resources for teaching personal money management.
  • Jesus’ parables about money: what does a man who lived 2000 years ago have to say about your money troubles today?
  • A Christian view of personal finances: an in-depth Bible study to help you understand and gain control of your money.
  • Teaching financial responsibility to children: how can you help your kids develop sound financial habits in an age of materialism and debt?
  • God’s gift of wealth: where does our wealth ultimately come from, and what are we supposed to do with it?
  • No Christ-follower, no matter how destitute or how rich, is exempt from this call to understand our wealth Biblically. So while finances are on your mind over the next week, take some time to consider how your financial life intersects with your spiritual life. Now, go forth and finish those tax forms!

    One Response to “Rendering unto Caesar: tax season reflections on faith and finance”

    • gwyn says:

      praise report: i have received my Obama money and oh how wonderful – all the things i’ll be able to do with it – family no longer have to work. And oh the free health care – how wonderful. Reason for praise!