…From a friend. First it didn’t have a title in the subject line…that is just a pet peeve of mine. I used to have a supervisor that didn’t even read emails without something in the subject line. But more importantly it was an email about God and finances. I have a strong faith in God and I’d like to be financially healthy. So I read on. Now it started off innocently enough…here read the beginning:
God is the biggest help in the World. I claim it for you – now claim it for
me. God has more than a thousand Ways to provide for us, that we know nothing
about. Here is your financial blessing! It’s a simple prayer, you got 30
Sure, I got 30 seconds…But then it goes on:
Don’t sleep on this…Someone recently read this for the first time and received exactly enough for a $0 balance on all credit cards. If you need a financial blessing, continue reading this e-mail.
It is at this point that I get VERY angry. I believe that God will provide all of my spiritual needs. But is He gonna pay off my bills? NO, he isn’t. Will He keep me from getting sued if I don’t pay my debt back? Nope. I don’t believe that is His responsibility. And then to talk about credit card debt? Don’t get me started!
God is not a cosmic ATM machine. He isn’t some magical money tree. And the thing is this email comes at a time when I am really struggling financially. The School Loan People really want their money. I think I went to the most freaking expensive school in the country, MNU. I don’t know if I can make the payment that they want or not. And there are always threats that go along with their request for repayment. But do I lay that on God? Well, maybe, but I still have a responsibility. I am still accountable for my own past choices
I believe that God cares about His creation. I believe that it is His desire that his people be blessed and live healthy lives. But is God gonna just let me do whatever I want, let me make bad descisions and then bail me out? No. I don’t believe that. I believe that God will honor my good intentions and my good stewardship with my finances. But God ain’t gonna make all the money I ever request fall out of the sky.