With the presidential election less than sixty days away a greater emphasis is being placed on the state of the economy by both major political parties. Reminiscent of President Clinton’s infamous slogan that propelled him to victory in the 1994 campaign, It’s the Economy, stupid, we’re being told by both candidates that everything will rise and fall on the strength or weakness of our economy. Even when they address the issues of immigration reform, the war in Afghanistan, Medicare, and health care it’s ultimately about the economy. And at its core the economy is about one thing – money.
But is the economy really the most important issue in this election (or any election)? It may be if you ask the candidates but it’s not if you ask God. The New Testament teaching on money is instructive. We are to keep money in the right place in our priorities (Matthew 6:19); our treasures are to be of the eternal, spiritual kind not the earthly, temporary kind (Matthew 6:19); our hearts (loyalties) are not to be swayed by money (Matthew 6:21); money can easily lead us away from God (Matthew 6:24).
Christ made two interesting observations about money when He told the parable of the Unjust Servant in Luke 16. Instead of simply using the term money, He chose to describe it as unrighteous money. The cheating servant in the story had just been referred to as unjust or unrighteous, using the same adjective. There is a definite and deliberate association that we are to make between the unrighteous servant and unrighteous money.
Perhaps even more to the point is verse ten: 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. In the context of the parable the least refers to money or wealth. God doesn’t put the same import on money that we do. It’s one thing for a candidate to make money the centerpiece of his campaign knowing it resonates with so many people. It’s another for us to buy into their philosophy. There are far more important things in life than money, your wealth or even the economy. The sad thing is that so many Christians have bought into the lie that It’s the Economy, Stupid when in reality it’s so much more.
Don’t get caught up in the hype and the sound bites and allow a worldly, ungodly philosophy to sway you this election cycle. There are so many issues that are more important to God than the economy. Those are the issues that should resonate with Christians.
And don’t forget, God is able to take care of your personal economy no matter who is elected president of this great country.
Stay in the Word