I have been reading Wayne Grudem’s book “Politics According to the Bible” and he was referring to one of Jesus’ parables about talents and it struck me that Jesus commended the creation of wealth. In the 19th Chapter of Luke we read:

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

In a parallel passage in Matthew 25 we read:

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

These passages have meanings that go far beyond the specific ability to generate wealth, as they speak to us of our need to develop our God given gifts. This concept is reinforced in Romans when Paul tells us:

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Scripture is clear that we were made for a purpose and we should seek to fulfill the purpose for which God made us and generating wealth is a valid purpose, not just because the two parables specifically referenced that but because generating wealth is not a bad thing. We are told in 1 Timothy 6:10 that “…the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” and in Matthew 6:24 that “You cannot serve both God and money” but these scriptures refer to our attitudes towards money and not the money itself. Jesus in His parables commended the generation of wealth He did not commend loving money or serving money.

Letting my mind wander, I thought about what was good about wealth and I was intrigued by the great benefits that wealth brings to a society.

  • Exceptional Medical Care
  • Better and more nutritious food
  • Ability to provide disaster response
  • Ability to be generous with those less fortunate
  • Improved Communication
  • Ability to travel
  • Access to knowledge from all around the world
  • Computers!
  • Space exploration
  • Underwater exploration
  • Clean Energy
  • Clean Water
  • Good music at your fingertips
  • Safer buildings
  • Airplanes
  • Ocean Liners

Many boring, mundane and taken for granted things on this list and I won’t bore you with any more of my musings about the benefits of wealth creation. Maybe you would like to add your own?

I know there is danger when we talk about money, wealth or the generation thereof. There are usually two camps that Christians will gravitate towards, but they are both heresy. We could err on the side of the Kenneth Copeland health and wealth heresy, or we could err to the side of the Tony Campolo/Jim Wallis socialism heresy.

These extremes are not helpful. A healthy Christian perspective will realize just what Jesus realized – the ability to create wealth is a good thing. We should embrace that and see wealth and money as a tool that is not only used for the advance of the kingdom but for the service and blessing of society as a whole.

From a political perspective, it is in vogue these days to demonize the rich and demand more and more tax revenues from them, but perhaps a more biblical attitude would be one of gratefulness and admiration for those who are good at creating wealth. Just saying.