Why Being Rich Is NOT a Sin


Loot. Moola. Scratch. Greenbacks. Dough. Bank. Benjamins. Wad. Shekels. Bills. Dead presidents.

However you like to refer to your money, our lives all revolve, to some degree, around money. You might say yours doesn’t, but without money we can’t feed our kids or pay the bills or help a friend.

I posted a letter earlier this year from a person who received food from the church. They wrote, “To me, it’s exhausting. Worry, doubt, bills, food, clothing, transportation … .” You could just hear the fatigue in her words.

Much has been written about the poor. I want to write today about the rich, because it can also be exhausting to have a lot of money.

I know some of you just said aloud, “I’ll take that type of exhaustion any day.” But it’s just because you haven’t walked in those shoes. We all tend to think someone else’s problems are easier than our own.

Let’s admit up front that all of us are rich when compared to the world. According to GlobalRichList.com, if you make just $20,000 a year (which is below the U.S. poverty level for a family of three)—you are in the top 3.65 percent richest people in the world. In fact, if you bring home just $7,500 a year—you are still in the top 20 percent.

But let’s be real. Those numbers don’t reflect what it costs to live where we live, or drive to our jobs, or pay utilities for minimal housing.

So for sake of this article, let’s just define “rich” as the top 5 or 10 percent of the people in your community. You know who they are.

Let’s be honest—there are huge blessings in being rich.

You don’t have to worry about your next meal. If you have enough money, you may not even have to work. Options are available to you.

Hungry? You can eat anywhere you want.

Tired? You can vacation whenever and wherever you want, and can stay for as long as you want.

See something you like? You can buy it.

But there are also some huge burdens that rich people carry with them every day:

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Tim Stevens served as the executive pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, IN, for twenty years before joining Vanderbloemen Search Group as the Director of the Executive Search Consultant Team where he helps churches and ministries around the world find their key staff. Tim has a passion for the local church and equipping leaders with practical advice and tools about church staffing and church leadership. He has co-authored three books with Tony Morgan, including Simply Strategic Stuff, Simply Strategic Volunteers, and Simply Strategic Growth, and authored three books of his own, including Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles To Revolutionize Your Workplace. Connect with Tim at LeadingSmart.com.