Dave Ramsey and Gospel Giving

Dave Ramsey motto: “Live like no one else, so that later you can live like no one else.” His basic gist is don’t buy now what you cannot afford; save so that later you can afford.

Gospel giving is different. When the gospel informs and fuels finances then the categories of saving, spending and giving become more radical.

I am not saying Dave Ramsey isn’t a Christian, or doesn’t understand the gospel, or doesn’t give like he should…etc.! I am saying that a gospel-centered life does not seek satisfaction in the abundance of wealth or possessions now or later; therefore a better motto could be “Live contently, Give Christ-compellingly”. My goal with this financial giving motto is to be more precise in communicating a gospel-centered view of accumulating and giving away wealth for the kingdom of God. The point of God’s blessings is understanding how to leverage money, power and position for influence and advancement of God’s kingdom, not our own where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-21).


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