Statistics say that one-third of the world’s population is Christian, and about 70 percent of Americans identify themselves as believers in God. Thus, to a vast majority of us, issues regarding money and morality go hand in hand.
One of the most popular mischaracterizations of scripture is that “money is evil.” In fact, those who study scripture know that money is a provision of God, Himself – a blessing that God provides or allows as He sees fit. The relevant scripture so often misquoted actually reads that the “love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).” The Bible is very clear that any form of idolatry is sin, whether the object of affection is a person, a material item, a concrete statue, an inanimate symbol or bank. That does not make the item itself inherently evil. It is the love of that item over God that results in sin.
The statists enjoy twisting morality and scripture to fit their needs. They hone in on that scripture, and this one, “and again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24). This scripture (as I understand it) is less about God’s judgment of those whom He chooses to bless with prosperity, and more about warning of the burden (temptation) that comes with wealth and power.