Thursday, March 26, 2009

When God Writes a Check

The Washington Post recently ran an article called Stimulus to help retool education, Duncan says.  The author quoted Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the potential effects of the stimulus bill. Duncan's point was that money doesn't automatically fix a broken system, but here's what he said:
"'D.C. has had more money than God for a long time, but the outcomes are still disastrous,' Duncan said in an interview with Washington Post editors and reporters."
More money than God. 

Huh. I imagine it's been a while since God stopped by the bank to check on His savings account. 

Then, although the statement made me laugh, it also got me thinking. 

How often does a similar assumption underly our thinking? --that somehow God's work in our lives is limited by slips of paper printed with the faces of dead presidents. That He gets a little worried about His plan when He looks at the latest stock market figures. "Hey, I might have to make some cutbacks in My outreach this year, at least until this recession slides over..."

It is very hard not to think about money these days. We're always called to make hard choices, and the insecurity of financial worries makes those decisions even harder. Like most of us, I need to be reminded that our God is much bigger and more powerful than the economy.

Consider this quote from C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity:
"One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realise your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God." 
He is still on His throne. We might not be, but then again, were we ever?

Maybe instead of relegating God to an office on Wall Street, we should be asking what kind of capital He deals in, and how we can contribute our labors to His fund: I've heard the stability is great, and the return on investment is out of this world...


Anonymous said...

I have not been a follower of your blogspot, but found it on anothers' blog. LOVED your "When God writes a Check"!!! Very timely for me personally, and am not surprised one bit that He lead me to read it today! :)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

GReat thoughts here Leigh. I so often forget in the "independent" state I slide into each day.