The band Pink Floyd released a popular song in 1973 simply called “Money.” The highly sarcastic lyrics of the song make for a biting cultural critique. Here’s a sample:
Money, it's a
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I'll buy me a football team.
The meaning of the song is quite clear: the love of money is the root of all evil. It seems as though Pink Floyd, either knowingly or unknowingly, stumbled upon a biblical teaching—money grabbing is not enough to sustain one’s life. In fact, Jesus told a story about a man who saved and saved out of greed. The story is recorded in Luke 12:13-21. The man to whom Jesus referred even built bigger barns to hold all of his wealth. His life motto was: “Take life easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” Yet, the man’s life was required of him, and his money didn’t go with him! Jesus told this story to help us beware of greed. Jesus very bluntly asked, “What good is it if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Starting March 3, Michael and I will begin a new series of teachings called “In God We Trust.” We will examine the biblical path for saving, spending, contentment, and dealing with money in healthy, Christ-like ways. We encourage you to invite others to join us for this much needed series.