by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
Did you know this Sunday is National Dollar Day? Why? You can learn more at the Library of Congress, but the standard for the U.S. Dollar was set on August 8, 1786. It was declared: “That the money unit of the United States, being by the resolve of Congress of the 6th July, 1785, a dollar, shall contain of fine silver, three hundred and seventy-five grains, and sixty-four hundredths of a grain.” You can also use the #NationalDollarDay hashtag on social media to find trivia about your U.S. dollars, find ways to spend your U.S. dollars, and even find a website to track the traveling history of your U.S. dollars!
But you can also keep reading this post for ideas about what the Lord would have you do with your dollars. And, for that matter, your time and talents. As I’ve been introducing my 49 Fun Facts to you, some have prompted more interesting information to support them, while others have called for more of an application.
In fact, this week I’m only writing for people who believe they were created by the Lord, and that the Bible is true from cover to cover. To people who believe what Genesis 1:28 says, that God gave us dominion over the earth. If that doesn’t describe you, feel free to take a week off. But if it does, let’s keep going:
According to the Psalms, what belongs to the Lord?
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” –Psalm 24:1 (NKJV)
If you believe the Bible is true starting with the very first verse, then what about Psalm 24:1? If you believe in a God Who made you for His purpose and made this earth we live on, then do you believe that everything in it belongs to Him and should be used for His glory?
I know this is kind of an uncomfortable question for a lot of us, myself included. But if we believe in a God Who created us and to Whom everyone and everything belongs, what will we do with that? After all, everything means everything. Doesn’t it? Your Energy, your Vision, your Ears, your Riches, Yourself, your Talents, your Health, your Investments, your Nutrition, and your Gross income. EVERYTHING.
A few weeks ago, in my reintroduction blog post, I mentioned the fact that everything God gives us in this life, He makes us the stewards of. Oftentimes, we think of this in terms of finances and wealth, but we are the stewards of more than that. We are the stewards of our children, our relationships, our time, our talents, our health, etc. God, in His benevolent grace and wisdom, has allowed us to have these things to bring glory to Him. Are we doing that? In honor of National Dollar Day, let’s talk more specifically about the finances over which we are each stewards.
I have a good friend who is a financial advisor and believes very strongly in Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI). Similar to its secular counterpart of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), BRI is a strategy in which an investor only allows his money to be invested in companies which align with his principles. However, SRI is a method that adapts to the whims and tides of culture and moral relativity. With BRI, investors align their investments with the unchanging principles of God’s Word. That means they don’t buy shares in companies that promote or fund the devaluation of human life (abortion, euthanasia, etc.), the dismantling of the biblically established “nuclear” family, etc. BRI is a great strategy for Christians to follow. If you haven’t heard of it or aren’t already set up with a Christian financial advisor who assists you with BRI, you can learn more about the investment approach here. In fact, I recently helped my same financial advisor friend create a board game to teach not just BRI, but Christian financial stewardship. Called “YAH’s Money Counts,” the game teaches families what the Bible says about our resources and how, since they all belong to the Lord (Psalm 24:1), we should use them for His glory. You can learn more about the YMC board game here.
But how about spending? Do your spending habits also reflect the fact that you are a steward of resources that belong to the Lord? When you go shopping, are you giving money to a company that uses their money to openly support and advocate for the socialist goal to dismantle the nuclear family?** Are you getting your caffeine fix at a company that funds the murder of the unborn? Are you paying for streaming services that have no qualms about including programming to indoctrinate children to normalize unbiblical, sinful lifestyles? Are you making your purchases or sending money through a company that is actively working to silence Christians from speaking the truth of His Word?
For some of us, some of these choices are easier to make than others. After all, it’s easy not to visit Disneyland when you can’t afford to. My friend told me this week that he cancelled his PayPal account, but admitted it wasn’t hard to do since he doesn’t use it much. For me, never buying Starbucks is easy since the world and I can’t handle myself on that much caffeine anyway.
But there are some that are more challenging. It was a sacrifice for me to give up Netflix since there are shows exclusive to their network that I really enjoyed watching. As a Star Wars fan, I’ve felt a little left out on the sidelines hearing people talk about the great series streaming on Disney+. And where do we draw the line between being a good steward with our time when it comes to the convenience of Amazon subscriptions?
So here are my challenges to you (and to myself!):
I hope this has been a helpful eye-opener to get us all thinking about the fact that everything (every dollar, every moment, every thing) belongs to the Lord. Next week, we’ll turn our attention to something a little more fun: what makes the human hand a work of wonder.
Don’t just take my word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/bibleVerses/psalm241.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.