30 December 2005

Better marriages, better savings, better tithing to build God’s kingdom. Oh, yeah, and less debt too. The News Leader, in Virginia, reports on the growing field of Christian debt-management, and obtains a few vague quotes about biblical mentions of money and possessions (a whopping 2,350, for whatever it’s worth), and the need for individuals to be free of debt so that they’re able to tithe to their churches. But though the News Leader’s is among the lighter of light-weight stories, there’s a good investigation to be had by a reporter who follows the money trails into religion, and the religion trails into the free market, as more financial advisors and businesses opt to infuse “Christian perspectives” into their banks or counseling services, or conversely, pastors find ways to make their economic theories gospel.