What we Americans may wish the Bible said about money (and somehow convince ourselves that it does):
Matthew 6:19-20 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in a bank where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves probably won’t break in and steal; and if they do, your deposit is insured up to $250,000.
Matthew 6:24 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, but a large retirement account is OK.
Matthew 19:21-22 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, give $20 to the church when you can remember to, build up your possessions, drive past the poor with your windows rolled up, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, sing songs about me once a week.
Mark 4:19 But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth (not your wealth of course, but the wealth of your neighbor who makes more money than you) and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich, unless you will become really rich; do not trust your own cleverness, that’s what financial advisors are for. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle unless you have a solid retirement plan.
James 5:1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because the stock market is falling.
Proverbs 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will feel safe and secure, and the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
Luke 8:14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, because they did not consult with a paid professional regarding their investment portfolio.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money should keep working for more; they will eventually be satisfied with their large income. To do otherwise is meaningless.
Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath if you haven’t invested it correctly.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Instruct those who are rich in this present world be conceited and to fix their hope on the certainty of riches, and also on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works when their schedules allow for it, to be generous up to a reasonable limit and ready to share a little, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may own expensive cars.
Luke 16:14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What other people value highly is detestable in God’s sight, but what you value he respects.”