My church started talking about fiscal responsibility again, since December is Baby Jesus month. Fiscal responsibility sounds dry, but it’s one of my favorite things to talk about in church because the general idea is this: for most people, their socio-economic status has very little to do with anything but the grace of God. There are hard working people and lazy system-manipulating people in every income bracket, so no matter how much money you have, or how hard you work for that money, you need to think about why and how you spend it.
According to the Bible, you’re wealthy if you have enough food to get through today and an extra set of clothes to wear tomorrow. For most of the people in my church, that means we have plenty of money to spend on people other than ourselves this Christmas. This season, if you’re spending money on your family and friends, and maybe a little bit on yourself, what can you afford to spend on the human race, to alleviate peoples’ suffering and increase the love in your own community?
Money is like any other resource you have– time, talents, space, privilege, etc.– it shouldn’t be a goal in and of itself. Use it to invest in what you care about.