*** This was originally posted on wordpress Oct. 8th. Interesting comments on this and the "comments on comments" post. Thought it would be interesting to let this sit at the top too.
Here’s the post I was talking about writing. It may step on toes as I certain both of these topics are topics that people either love or hate….well, here goes
I have been pondering these two subjects for some time. They are both about money, so I guess they relate.
It seems nearly everywhere I go I hear Dave Ramsey this and Dave Ramsey that. I am bothered. Churches everywhere are using his materials for Sunday school classes. The same thing happened with Dr. Phil a few years ago and Oprah before that. A while back, I had heard of a church that was planning to use one of Dr. Laura’s books for Bible study class (and it wasn’t the one on the 10 commandments). I think it was 10 stupid things women do to mess up their lives Many Christians still talk non-stop about Dr. Phil and for that matter Oprah. Who are they?? From what I know that are not believers in the Christ as the only way of salvation. And yet, we take their advice like it is the Holy Scriptures.
My question—who are we to worship??? Jesus Christ the true and living God or Oprah, Dr. Phil or Dave Ramsey???
From my understanding, Mr. Ramsey advocates keeping track of nearly every penny that is spent. In my opinion, this is way too much focus on the money. Please don’t misunderstand me, I think budgets in and of themselves are a good thing. Shane has us on one, but if I go over a little, it’s not a big deal and we don’t focus on it. If I go under, I have a party 🙂 If there is something that we want/need and we find the best deal going, we might go ahead and buy it even though it isn’t in the budget.
BTW, I am not saying that Mr. Ramsey doesn’t have good ideas. I’m sure he does. I am saying that I’m hearing more about Dave Ramsey than I am about Jesus from many Christians lately.
Anyone seen these new websites? “$1 adoptions”? I don’t want to link to any of them because I don’t want to embarrass people or single them out. For those of you that haven’t seen them they are websites that a family creates telling about their adoption and then asking for a $1 donation towards their adoption. Sounds great on the surface, but what these people are really doing is begging.
Anybody ever hear of George Mueller? He was the Christian man who cared for several hundred orphans in his lifetime and never once asked anyone but God the Father Almighty for a penny. He took his every request and laid it at the feet of the Father. And the Father provided in mighty ways. And it wasn’t from people donating $1 here and $1 there.
We just completed our 4th adoption a few months ago. We did not have $14,000 laying around to adopt our precious daughter.
We did receive some donations, unsolicited. We went into DEBT (whoa—don’t tell Dave Ramsey hehe) and will be paying the adoption off for some time to come. Personally, I would much rather go into debt that to beg for money to bring a child home.
Stepping off the toes now…