The Disney classic Mary Poppins turned 20 and came out of the vault when I was seven years old and going through a phase of life in which I was convinced I should be allowed to have a pet penguin… in Kentucky. When it was re-released from the vault again on its 40th anniversary, I bought a DVD copy so my two-year-old Ella could enjoy it the way I did. And one of my favorite lines from Mary, whom I consider to be a pretty decent theologian, was offered in response to a request for “more” from Jane and Michael. She taught them that “enough is as good as a feast.”
Is money really the root of all evil? I mean, it seems like there’s a lot of evil out there and to blame it all on money seems unfair. Actually, the Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but that’s how 1 Timothy 6:10 gets misquoted quite often. It actually says that “The LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The problem isn’t money, it’s us. And while the love of money is one root of evil, it’s not the only one.
As a Pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all Pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, especially in our culture where personal finances are very… personal.