Summary: Part 8 and final in series Relating to God: What We Can Learn About God Through Our Closest Relationships On Earth. Thinking about money in a spiritual and relational way, do we often live financially as if we expect God to sign some kind of prenuptial.
Part 8 in series
Relating to God: What We Can Learn About God Through Our Closest Relationships On Earth
Wildwind Community Church
March 28, 2009
I haven’t talked to you about money since January of 2008! It has been a long time. But as I was thinking about this series we’re in, where we’re trying to see what we can learn about God by looking at various aspects of close human relationships, I realized that this might be the best possible way to talk to you about money. I also realized that in this series it would almost be a crime not to talk about money. Because we’re talking about relationships.
See, 50% of marriages in this country end in divorce, and a huge number of those divorces occur because of arguments about money. My guess is that there are a fair number of couples in this room who had an argument about money in this past week. And for some portion of those who didn’t, it wasn’t because they agree on money so much, but rather because the ice hadn’t really thawed yet from your last argument about money and you’re not really back to speaking to each other much yet.
For some of those couples who didn’t argue about money, I would guess there were many who stressed out about it – maybe a lot. For those who didn’t stress out about it, I’ll bet you made some plans this past week where money was crucial, and you were either depressed because you didn’t have enough to do what you wanted to do, or perhaps surprised or ecstatic that you did. And in case I haven’t covered everybody yet, some of you this week had a conversation with your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc., about money where there either was or was not some amount of tension. To be in a close relationship with a human being is to be in a particular kind of relationship with money. That’s why I think we absolutely have to hit this topic as we close out this series today. Money is huge.
In fact money is sexy. And money is romantic. Trips to Paris and Italy. Nights in Las Vegas. Cars that are fun to drive. Nights at the movies with the person we love most. Cruises. All of this and more, delivered compliments of sexy, romantic, money. But do you know what isn’t sexy at all? Money management! As sexy as it is to think about coffee under the Eiffel Tower, or an evening spent over dinner and a movie, it totally drains the fun out when we start asking ourselves the question, “How am I going to budget for this? How will I pay for it? Where will the money come from? How can I do this and still meet my basic needs for survival?” Money can be sexy. Money management never is.
Now I’m not going to preach a sermon on money management tonight, all I’m trying to say is that we can’t leave money out of any serious discussion about relationships. And I really believe that we stand to learn more about God on this topic of money than perhaps anything else we’ve talked about, because I believe more of us are living in denial and illusion about money as it relates to God than about practically anything else.