On Sunday, Jesus had some hard words on money - our money, my money, your money. We don't mind so much if Jesus is talking about someone else's money, but talking about ours might be a sensitive subject. But in the Parable of the Dishonest Manager, Jesus commends decisive action now in order to ensure a home for tomorrow. The manager lies, cheats, and steals his way into making sure that he has friends to welcome him into a home once he loses his position as manager.
Jesus' parable ought to make us rethink our investments. Our we investing in a future for the Reign of God, or just investing in our own comfort? Is there a way to invest in both? Or would that be serving God and wealth, which Jesus tells us is impossible?
Get out your pension statement or IRA statement and see where the money is. How much is there? What is it for? Where is it invested? Is it doing what you want it to do? Do you want to put it somewhere else or accomplish different goals with it? Perhaps invest in a neighbor in need or in micro-loans for Africa?
And just so you know that I did it too, here is my most recent pension account statement:Current 44.87% Social Purpose 80e Balanced Fund$30,081.82
43.35%Social Purpose 60e Balanced Fund$29,061.54
11.79%60e Balanced Fund$7,902.03
I hope I ca trust the the Social Purpose funds are managed well. But I still know I can invest more in the things that God cares about - and take decisive action for God's tomorrow today.