Was Jesus A Socialist Or A Capitalist?
Exploring What Jesus Really Taught About Money And How We Can Make Good Decisions With It
Often we are tempted to place Jesus in one of two ideological camps, either he was an extreme socialist who taught against money, or he was a capitalist who wants to bless you and cause you to prosper with monetary wealth. The problem is that neither viewpoint represents an accurate view of what Jesus actually said about money. If you would like to watch the full teaching on the subject you can see it here.
Contrary to popular assumption, Jesus was well verses when it came to the subject of money. Consider this. Jesus didn’t start his ministry life until he was 30 years old, before that he would have been trained as a carpenter by his father in his family business. In addition to that, it is widely believed that his father died sometime in his adolescent years, leaving Jesus to run the family business and take care of his 7 siblings and mother. Jesus knew how to run a successful business.
“Jesus had to run the family business in order to take care of his 7 siblings and his mother. In fact, at no point does Jesus ever condemn those with wealth or a profitable business.”
5 Essential Teachings From Jesus
The Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44)
From this story we learn that God watches what we do with our money, and that giving an offering is a legitimate expression of worship.
The Parable Of The Soils (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)
There is an element of deceit and danger associated with money that we ignore at our own peril. Jesus wasn’t saying that money itself is evil, rather, that it is tricky to handle well. We should never assume that we are above the struggles that others have with materialism and wealth. Money can taint us and we need to be careful.
The Parable Of The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
There are two dangers found is this parable; When we see money as a source of security and when we use money to meet our own needs. If the focus of our financial planning is only to meet our own needs, we are off course in how we handle money.
The Parable Of The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-27)
Perhaps the greatest danger with money is this: when we love it, it will overpower everything else in our life.
The Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34)
There are two things that we can do to resist the lure of money becoming our god: The first, we need to maintain an eternal perspective on life. We are not in control of anything in the world, or even our own life. If you can trust God with your salvation you can trust Him with your money as well. Secondly, we need to recognize God as the ultimate source of everything in life. When we understand that we are just called to manage what God has entrusted to us, we are able to make wise decisions with our resources.
“If you can trust God with your salvation you can trust Him with your money as well.”
Money is important, and how we handle money is equally important. Jesus didn’t shy away from conversations about money and we don’t want to either. You can watch the full teaching on this subject here or if you need additional practical help with money you can contact us here