How might Christians manage their money wisely in an uncertain economy? Gary Moore, a former senior vice-president at Paine Webber and now founder of an investment firm, wraps his financial advice around loving God and our neighbors. He calls this focus "the best money management strategy I've learned in 25 years on the Street."
Many Christians, Moore believes, handle their money based on the advice of celebrity evangelicals. And too often their financial decisions stem from fear of looming end-times events, Scriptures taken out of context, or anxiety about the economy.
In a series of mini-essays, Moore explores Old and New Testament verses that speak to finances, and he frequently points out biblical paradoxes. For example, in Proverbs 10:4 we are told, "Being lazy will make you poor, but hard work will make you rich," whereas Proverbs 10:22 notes, "It is the Lord's blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer."
Moore thinks both locally (churches should set up revolving funds to loan money to members in need) and globally (Christians should give and invest overseas). "God has blessed America," he writes. "Now let us bless the world."
Cindy Crosby is a frequent contributor to Publishers Weekly.
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