“Is making money bad?” This is a question that I sense a lot of people struggle with. It is particularly a question that I see christians struggling with. The reason for this struggle with money is found in the phrase:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)

Pretty much everyone has heard this phrase, and it conjures up all kinds of questions in their minds. Here are two of the common ones:

Does the love of money equal greed?

Does having money mean you were greedy in how you got it?

Right now, here in 2010, we’re witnessing politicians blasting away with both barrels at bankers, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the oil industry, and any other company that makes a big profit as being “greedy.” So no wonder that the question that goes through people’s mind is relevant. Because how would you like to be on the receiving end of that vitriol?

People that call themselves Christian are particularly sensitive to this. They are the ones that are supposed to be non-greedy. But it really doesn’t matter if you’re a religious person or not, because we all having feelings.

In other words, you don’t want to be in the out-group that gets dumped on, do you? That’s why the unspoken question of “does having money mean you were greedy in how you got it?” is so powerful to nearly everyone.

I believe that the politicians are playing on this fear because it gives them control over your actions. Say for example that they want you to use “green energy.” In order to get you to do so, they have to demonize the people that make energy in other ways (such as the oil industry). They have to create the “out-group.”

Here is the real deal, and something you know to be true. It is summed up in another little phrase called the gold rule:

“He who has the gold, makes the rules.”

You guessed it. The politicians fear this, because it puts them at the mercy of people that have money. That’s really what it all comes down to. They don’t want the oil industry to have the profits, because then they’ll have the power to make the rules.

Money by itself is not good or bad. And I’m not talking to stupid people, so I realize that you already knew that. Therefore, you then also know that making money is not bad.

The final question I have for you to ponder today is: “are there socially acceptable ways to make money, particularly in this day and age, that will not get you put on the list of greedy people?”

The answer to that question is what this web site is all about… Not that I’d be one to call you greedy if you have a lot of money. In fact, I’m happy for you! If you have money, you’ve already dealt with a whole lot of people that consider you as a greedy bastard.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

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  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    Ayn Rand said it best in Atlas Shrugged in the “Money Speech” by copper baron Francisco d’Anconia…

    “Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

    more on this speech… http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=1826

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

    To answer your question, one could sell carbon credits for profit and not be greedy.

  • http://www.directsellingadvice.com Mark

    A more important question is, “what do people do with what they have?”

    I know people less fortunate who: hoard it, others who waste it, and others who give it away.

    I know people wealthy who: hoard it, others who waste it, and others who give it away.

    Money is an idea that reflects our values. How they use money reveals the fruit of the individual’s character.

    Mark
    http://www.directsellingadvice.com

  • http://www.stopthesun.com/blog Trisha Chambers

    Making money is wonderful! It’s what you do with it that matters in the end!

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com Vegas Boomer Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    Thank you tackling this issue for Christians. Indeed, isn’t it throughout the Old Testament wonderful examples of God blessing the Hebrews including monetarily? So ergo, earning money, having money, etc. can indeed be Godly?

    Happy Passion Week!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Dating Expert and Online Dating Coach

  • http://www.stevechambers.com Steve Chambers

    I think making money is neutral. It’s how you make it and what you do with it once it’s made.

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Specialist

  • http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com Eileen O’Neill

    You present interesting questions that need to be dealt with.

    I agree with you that very often the rhetoric we hear is a power-game. And I find it interesting that politicans who target profit-making companies NEVER take a pay cut…! (Hmmm… Perhaps we are dealing with a new edition of Animal Farm!)

    Looking forward to your posts,

    Eileen O’Neill
    Using Social Media in ESL/EFL/ESOL…
    http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com

  • http://chiahuihui.com/ Hui Hui

    I guess money is like a knife.
    It can be use to help people(chopping vegetables) or hurt people.

    Hui Hui
    http://chiahuihui.com/