Kim Kardashian, The Donald trump Bible for money advice. So goes the headline on a story at Faith and Reason. According to writer Cathy Lynn Grossman, a recent poll by the American Bible Society discovered that Americans are far more likely to look to figures in popular culture for guidance on money and what to do with it than to the Bible.
Maybe that’s not surprising, given the counter-(American)cultural way that the Bible deals with wealth (see the Between the Lines entry for this coming Sunday).
What’s amusing, though, besides the thought of theoretically faithful people taking financial advice from the Kardashians, is that the American Bible Society presents the results of its survey as part of an advertisement for a new product: The Financial Stewardship Bible. I guess instead of selling all and laying it at the feet of the apostles, you’re just supposed to send it to ABS.
Text: Acts 4:32-35
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
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The questions asked in the Exploring the Patterns portion of today’s lesson in BibleWorkbench ask us to explore our attitudes toward money and the concrete relationship between economics and the Kingdom of God—an essential exercise that I dare say most of us would rather skip. Christianity means very little if these issues of economic justice are ignored. There are other layers of meaning in the text, however. And I invite you to also look at the non-material patterns of selling, spending, saving, and sharing that exist in your relationships with others and self. Continue reading