Are You a Fragmented Person?

Scott Redd | March 17, 2016

The Bible says a good bit about the issues of wealth and property, and how we’re to understand the things we accumulate in this life. Most Christian studies on wealth tend to see it as something to manage, not something tied to a believer’s core. They usually focus simply on biblical passages that explicitly mention money. Though such prooftexts are helpful, they often miss larger themes threaded through Scripture that speak to how we ought to use the gifts God has given us. 

For instance, any discussion of the Christian view of wealth ultimately revolves around the subject of stewardship. Stewardship gives us an invaluable category for pondering how we use property, particularly in how we understand ownership in light of the Creator/creature distinction. In light of a personal Creator, to what extent can we say we truly “own” anything?

These important questions tell us a lot about wealth. But they don’t tell us as much about ourselves.

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God’s Word, however, addresses wealth’s more personal and existential implications. They’re expressed most clearly in what Jesus himself identifies as the “greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:36–37; Luke 10:26–27):

Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your self and with all your strength. (Deut. 6:4–5)

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