A Paradigm Shift

In The Financial/Economical Realm


The Bible presents a remarkable amount of Scriptures dealing with money and economic aspects. Obviously, God deemed it crucial to provide us with a comprehensive spiritual perspective on those subjects. Firstly, because money is playing an essential role in everyday life. Secondly, because it carries a strong conflict potential for God’s plans and purposes in and for our lives, both individually and corporately. Which is why Jesus stated so adamantly that we cannot serve both God and money at the same time (see Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).

 

What we learn in theory and by observation about money influences how we operate in practice ourselves in financial, economic terms, no matter in what role and capacity. Yet the theory and very little of our observations reflect our Creator’s instructions and principles. Quite the contrary. The world's monetary system with fiat money, fractional reserve banking, interest and compound interest at its core is a violation of God’s original intent in almost every facet. What’s more, it is exploitative, destructive and unsustainable by design. This fact is not new but increasingly evident even to the wider public since the global financial crisis surfaced in 2008. It has changed the economic landscape markedly and brought its unrighteous character and frailty to light like possibly never before.
 

Ever since, the secular world and its powers that be profess to do everything in their capacity to get on top of the ever so increasing problems. But virtually all, mostly unsuccessful efforts are based on common knowledge and the world's financial textbook teaching, which has cut our Creator and His wise instructions out of the equation. And so it becomes, for good reasons, progressively clear that those solutions can't work. Certainly not on the long run. The question then is – what does?

 

Believers can turn to God to receive insight and answers from The One through whom and for whom everything was created and in whom everything holds together (see Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:2-3; Romans 11:36). God's ways and solutions are neither tied to nor limited by the mainstream school of thought. Their implementation, however, presupposes openness to a different paradigm.

  • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2, NIV
  • Apart from me you can do nothing. – Jesus in John 15:5, NIV
  • For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 3:11, NIV

Sharing about this paradigm shift and assisting with the implementation into day-to-day life (private and professional context) is my vocation.