I Recieved a Frustrating Email Today…

…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
Seconds?

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.

Durk

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3 responses to “I Recieved a Frustrating Email Today…

  1. http://www.christianfaithfinancial.com

    PayDay Loans and Cash Advances – The Christian way!!

    An emailer on The Dave Ramsey show sent this in. Talk about frustrating!

  2. You’re right. When God provides, it’s normally to keep food on the table and shoes on the feet, not to clear out the credit cards or make me millions.

    Then again, I have an uncle who claims that God made him rich.

    Who knows…

  3. Derin Beechner (Durk Niblick)

    JoeBoy,

    I do think that God blesses our good decisions when we act responsibly and in accordance with His will, scripture and just doing the right thing! He gives us brains to think with and resources to be good stewards over. I don’t take issue when we put God in the middle of our good decisions and then blesses us. But I don’t think that God was telling me to charge up credit card debt and then waiting to bail me out in the form of me filing bankruptcy (which I did). Or telling me to borrow gobs of money for college and waiting to bless me by granting some special pastorate of a really rich church. Or to buy that game or game system, etc. I have a responsibility to be a good steward with what God gives to me (abilities, work ethic, ability to learn, etc). If I am then God can choose to bless it or that may even happen somewhat “naturally.” And if I am not then I find myself in a financial jam-a jam I created. It isn’t a curse or whatever. It is a jam I got myself into without God being in the center of my choices and I need to get out of it, maybe not all by myself…but with God’s OK and help. Just not magical fixes and easy outs.

    -Durk-

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