Where Are the Rich Christians?

Or better yet, where are the rich Christians with a positive Biblical perspective?

I was reading through one of Matthew Paul Turner’s recent posts while sitting at the airport today, and found myself not only agreeing with him, but citing numerous occasions of my own where wealthy Christians in places of authority had hijacked legitimate ministry endeavors, in effect terminating them by withdrawing their “support.” Ever had any of those?

So how does it happen?

Easy. Their minority view about an extreme Biblical perspective held greater sway because of their money than the majority view who lacked money.

Granted, I’ve also had wealthy people generously give toward endeavors that we couldn’t have done without them. But those occurrences are far fewer. And that’s kinda’ my point.

From time to time people ask me why I’m involved in so many activities, many of which are purely to make money. And I make no apologies for that. The answer is simple:

I want to support a majority with my money, and build the Kingdom.

It seems complainers get all the attention. The grumblers. The whiners. They berate pastors, harm relationships, discourage participation, and betray alliances. They also tend not to be givers, even if they’re rich. And if they are, their funds come with a lot of “contingencies.”

From the beginning, Jennifer and I decided that we would be givers. That we would always give more of our time, talent, and treasure than we took in. Because we believe that was Jesus’ prolific example. That, and we wanted to give in order to empower a majority with our wealth, not disempower them on account of our random opinions. It’s also interesting how often Jesus talks about money, and how he directly compares faithfulness with it (and it’s increase) to the abilities to steward entire cities.

How you use your money now is exactly how you’ll use your money should you become rich. And God basis much of his plans to prosper you on what you’re complaining about. Or on what you’re not.

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  • Kirk Gilchrist

    Great post!

  • reenie

    Where your treasue is there your heart is also. Agree with you Christopher “X gets the square” ( now that dates me ;0 )

  • good stuff. very.

  • Michelle

    You can’t serve both mammon, and God. Hmm. Who said that? Someone did. . .uh-huh.

    I find that the hard working hand-to-mouth Christians routinely give MORE and with more joy and delight than those that are well off.

    I believe that Rockefeller was right. A man doesn’t have a million dollars, a million dollars has him.

    There was something about camels and rich men and gates nick named ‘eye of the needle’ and heaven too that that guy, the guy I quoted first, He said something about that.

    • All Jesus’ words, to be sure. But placed in context, we get a much better picture. When looking at wealthy men in scripture, a better definition than just “rich” would actually be “people who have open hands through which God can pour funds.” He knows he can trust them. Jesus spoke of wealthy men being used mightily in his parables, and empowered obscenely wealthy men to lead Israel in great success. It’s the ones that, as Rockefeller rightly mentioned, hold to money that have a hard time budging. Thanks for the comment as always, Michelle! You rock.

  • Nate Hinton

    Yea, come on Cris! We’re done with the poverty mentality. We are blessed abundantly. We pour out abundantly.

  • Wow. Incredible post…love your perspective and your heart. The Kingdom is better for it as well as all that you and Jenny inves in it!

  • Giving is a heart issue and not really a financial one. Just like in the account of the feeding of the 5000, God can take what little we have that is given cheerfully and do wonders with it. I love God’s math! He is the only One who can take five loaves of bread and two fish and create a smorgasbord; He can also take a widow’s two mites and claim it to be a fortune. Great post!

    • It’s very true! Power and influence are in the hands of the King. My prayer is he finds faithful hands among us to entrust part of the responsibility to. Thanks for adding to the conversation, Tom!

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  • Well said, Christopher. This is a strong impetus for why I’d like to see Christian Patronage resurrected. There are dedicated Christian artists out there who want to affect culture but, for now, can barely make ends meet. If “rich Christians” threw their support behind these “starving artists” for Christ, imagine what could happen!

  • “Right here waiting… to love ’em like Jesus” I am broke and poor in finances but I am fixed and wealthy on & in HIM! Pay it forward…

    I loved the post Christopher. It is beautiful to see your family walk out a testimony of Life.

    LOL in Christ… jams4JESUS

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