‘Money is the root of all evil’, is a popular expression. It’s an expression based upon a bible verse (as all good expressions are). 1 Timothy 6:10 reads: ‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains’. Now I’d like to point out two subtle differences here. The first is that money itself is not evil, the subject here is ‘the love of money’. Secondly, the love of money isn’t directly evil, but it is a root to all kinds of evil. This raises a few questions. The first is how do we know if we love money? The second is whether there is a healthy love of money? The third is ‘what do you mean all kinds of evil?’
How do we know we love money? Does the though of losing all your money, even if you know it is God’s will, make you sad? In Mark 10:17-31 a rich young man asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life, to which Jesus answers that he should obey the commandments and “to Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Mark 10:21-22). The man was looking at his earthly treasures over his heavenly ones. What do you value more? This isn’t to suggest God doesn’t want rich Christians, because he does and he uses them mightily! These people however I am sure have learnt to love God with all their wealth, and would follow him with or without it.
Is there a healthy love of money? Whereas there might be as one can see the good they can do with money, I’d argue that’s more loving the idea of what money can get someone, rather than the love of hoarding it to make yourself rich. Considering it is a root to ALL KINDS OF EVIL, which is a lot of evil, I’d recommend steering clear of the love of money all together. Loving earthly riches will cause one to wonder away from the faith and cause pain (1 Timothy 6:10). So to stay healthy and faithful, I’d pray about it. Love as Jesus loves: did Jesus love money? Or did he value people so much he paid the highest price and died for them?
What is all kinds of evil? Well, it’s literally all kinds. People have gone to war for money, killed, murdered, stole, sold people, pimped, divorced, lied, crafted fake evidence, exploited child workers, made pornography, trafficked adults and children, done illegal surgeries (such as genital mutilation), kidnapped, cheated, given a bias opinion, given false testimony, and much more, for money. People have even had children so they can claim more money from the government. If you are loving money so much you are intentionally blind to who suffered that you may have it, you love money too much. If other people suffer so you can have money, you are valuing your own life more than theirs. Trust God with all your finance, and have your first and most precious treasure be your treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20 and Ephesians 3:16). You can’t put a price on health or life (unless of course you are a privatized health system, praise the Lord for the NHS). Love as Jesus loves, and love only what Jesus loves.
God bless you and keep you always.