That is not natural. I know because I was once only a natural man. I did what natural men do and the love of money is natural. Money has the power to grant worldly wishes and desires. So I had a love of money.
Let me explain how I got this way. Let me warn you though because if and when you understand how I got this way, you will also begin to hate money.
If you read only a little of what I write you know that I read and attempt to understand the Bible. I don’t just read it. I doubt it! If one doesn’t doubt then one doesn’t give God the opportunity to explain. He will not hate you for doubting any more than He hated Gideon or Thomas.
God wants truth and there is no truth in just reading and believing. I found that I could not really just read and believe. I had to question everything so that I could truthfully say that I believed it. I had to ask God to explain and He has always done so: usually not as fast as I wanted, but then I am not in charge.
I read Matthew 6:24 (NIV) “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” And when I began to think about the verse a little voice, way back, deep in my mind, asked “Astudent, do you hate money?” and my truthful answer was “Well, no, I don’t hate money. Then that same small voice said, “Well, you better learn to”.
That made sense to me, because I know which Master I wanted to love, so that would dictate which one I must hate. There was no third choice. Only love God and hate money, or love money and hate God.
Now, I have to point out that there are degrees of love and hate. After one or two dates with the perfect mate you do not love him or her with the same passion as when you ask or accept a wedding proposal. I did not hate money with a great passion at first.
The more I think about money the stronger my hate becomes. At first I only viewed money from a selfish prospective. I thought of everything that money could do for me as good things, but then I thought that if money was the best thing for me then God would have already made me rich. It was His call as to how rich a family that I would be born into and I was not born into a wealthy family. I know that He only does what is good for me, so I know it was and is a blessing not to be rich. After thinking a little more on it, I know that much money (the other master) would have led me away from Him.
I began to think of money as the Bible portrays it, as another master and a master that opposes God. When I began to view it from that angle or from God’s prospective, I see the evil that has been, is, and will be caused by it. And then I began to hate money for what it has done to man.
Money is only a tool. That is something that I have understood for a long time because I operated my own business. You have to have money to stock your shelves and pay the help. Also to pay all of the taxes that the government can invent which of course is impossible, because they take what is demanded and hire another employee to sit in the corner of an office and invent another tax! Well, first they invent another reason for a tax!
Anyway, after some thought I realized that it is Satan’s best tool and all of the problems that men face today is the result of money. If the government speaks of solving a problem it is always with money. If we speak of solving a problem it is the same. Money is a false master and is not going to solve any problems: only make them worse.
Money has power and there is no power without it. The funny thing about money is it demands faith in itself, just as God demands faith. If everyone lost confidence in money it would cease to exist. That is what is happening to the dollar. The world is losing confidence in it and it is losing value. If the world would completely loose confidence in the dollar it would cease to exist.
If everyone lost confidence in the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, He would not cease to exist. Which is the true Master?
Now that I have learned to hate money it really bothers me when money is defended or spoken of and not condemned in church.
If you do not hate money, then I would give you the same advice that the small voice in my mind gave me “Well, you better learn to”.