As of last Saturday, my wife is 36 weeks pregnant. As of last Friday (with the exception of 1 outstanding paycheck), my wife and I are living off of my salary. In the past few weeks we have received several letters asking for donations for mission trips and have had several special offerings at church for some really good causes. Allison and I were talking yesterday about this. As we're writing out checks to give to these different causes, we can't help but wish we were able to give more. We thought, "If we had a lot of money (or at least more), we would be able to give so much more to all of these causes. We would be able to take people out for dinner 'on us.' We could help so many things to happen for the Kingdom!"
There are a lot of books out there that promote simple living, rooted from the biblical text "go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor." I've even heard it said that there should never be a rich Christian.
This week I met several rich Christians. Probably millionaires. They were supporting a lot of ministries and giving to a lot of organizations. Are there rich Christians?
John Wesley's Axiom for Christian Economics was "Make as much as you can. Save as much as you can. Give as much as you can."
What do you think? Can there be rich Christians? What does it mean to be a rich Christian?