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I have been a Christian since the age of fifteen. Contradictively, I also have a degree in philosophy from a secular school. Still, I hold conservative Christian beliefs as my foundation. Philosophy forces one to examine your beliefs deeply and logically. It solidifies valid beliefs, exposes weak assumptions, and burns away those useless and often problematic decorations, much like Proverbs 27:17 states, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." My beliefs have been refined through the furnace and survived. I'm not a "shove it down your throat" guy, but if you're searching for answers and God intersects our paths, I'll share some of the answers I've found with you.
Morality is the direct and most obvious result from my beliefs. Excellence in work, honesty and integrity are core Christian principles. When I work, I do it as I would for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23). I try to be honest in everything (Exodus 20:16). Jesus taught that the intent of the heart is what matters (Matthew 5). I align my principles with the Bible and the New Testament. These beliefs are clearly the tip of the iceberg, but they shape my interactions with the world.
I've heard it said that "the most sensitive nerve in a man's body is the one that runs from his head to his pocketbook." That saying definitely has truth to it. Money is freedom and power. Unfortunately, we see what happens to people that get more than they can handle (can we say Charlie Sheen or Mel Gibson). Matthew 19:24 states, "again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." If we treat money as our own, it becomes our own burden...something this spider-guy's uncle said comes to mind about great power being great responsibility. If we see this life as a gift from God, then the money is God's and we are merely stewards. It becomes a means of freedom and power for ministry. We can free and empower ourselves and/or others for His ministry.
If money is freedom, debt is enslavement. Money can free us from hardships, but debt will enslave us to whatever we purchase to relieve that burden. A clothes washer frees hours of our time hand washing clothes. If you borrow money to pay for the machine, then the time you've freed must be devoted to making money to pay back your debt.
As Jesus noted, if God takes care of the flowers and birds in the field, will he not provide for His children that He loves? When we purchase something using debt then we essentially say, "I don't trust that God will provide the money for this and I'm going to get it even if God doesn't want me to have it," AND "I'm pledging my future earnings to (insert purchase here), not to (insert God's plan for your life here)."
It's a sobering feeling when you close and cut up that last credit card account. There is a sudden reality that the money in your bank account is all you've got, and you HAVE NO CHOICE but to TRUST that GOD WILL PROVIDE. Amazingly, He always does.
I recommend that anyone curious check out Dave Ramsey's ministry (www.daveramsey.com). His daily radio show, TV show on Fox Business, website and other resources are tremendous!