It’s not often that I get to listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio anymore. He comes on when I’m at work, so by the time I get in my car, he’s off the air. For those of you who don’t know, he is a financial talk-show host who stresses the importance of doing a budget, living debt free, and paying cash for items. It’s pretty common sense stuff that comes down to living within your means. It’s amazing how much our country ignores this simple advice and allows money to control them.
Today, he had a show on giving. He argues that one of the benefits of financial freedom (living debt-free) is that money can be used to give and help others. Seems to me that the apostle Paul made a similar argument. Work so that you might help others.
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need (Eph. 4:28).
There was one statement that he made that was pretty intriguing to me. He stated that many people complain about what the government is or is not doing, but the people have great power to affect change themselves. What if we were so dedicated to giving that people did not need government programs to make it? That’s a great question! What if?
As Christians, we often get so wrapped up in government affairs and what “they” are doing that we forget about what “we” should be doing. Our focus should be on living godly lives and allowing Christ to shine through us to a broken world. Our fixation with the government sends the wrong message. The government is not our hope but the God who reigns over all governments.
Dear God, may we place our hope in you and allow your message of truth to dominate our lives!