Christians and the Economic System
The following scripture chain will show how Christians should consider the love of money and how they should fit into the world of commerce and react to financial troubles…
Proverbs 11:1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.
1Timothy 3:3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
Timothy 6:9-10 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Ephesians 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
What those verses say…
God has always been concerned that commerce and national economies should be honest and just. On every level, from the merchant in his shop, to the government and its treasurer, God sees corruption as an abomination. But when the scales are honest, God is pleased.
As Christians, we should not be greedy for money, for people who desire to be rich fall into a trap. Their foolish lusts could drown them in perdition. The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Life is not about laying up treasures on earth, but rather treasures in heaven.
We must learn contentment, in whatever state we are. We should avoid running up debts. Just as the third horse is black, so should our balance sheets be kept “in the black”.
Looking at the big picture, in the world economy there is often a black outlook, and the economy not something to trust. Trust rather in the glorious riches of God which are your eternal inheritance if you faithfully follow Christ.
The black horse represents the treasures of this world. If there were a horse to represent heavenly treasures, it would be coloured dazzling gold.