February 23, 2009

The economic struggles that we, in the United States, are currently experiencing, raise many profound questions regarding wealth and being a Christian.  What do we value the most?  That question should be one that we should continually ask ourselves.  It can be a very meaningful question as we are faced with the reality of losing possessions that we have either taken for granted or especially cherished.

Let me state a fundamental presumption:  A Christian’s life is guided upon biblical principles.  A Christian should have a biblical basis for every aspect of their life.  So, we all have decisions about money.  We spend money for our home, food, clothes, vehicles, entertainment, and on and on.  We can spend a little to meet our needs or we can spend more to meet our desires.  The amount that we spend and where we spend our resources is a reflection of what we cherish the most.  These decisions about our money should have a biblical basis.

This is the question that I have been working on:  Should a Christian own a Lexus?  What is the biblical basis for a Christian owning a Lexus?  1 John 3:16-18 is a passage the must be addressed to answer these questions. 

16 By this we know love,  that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18, ESV)

These are the principles that strike me from this passage:

1.      We are to love our fellow Christians in a “self-sacrificing” manner.

2.      We are to be giving our stuff to our fellow Christians that are in need.

3.      Our love for our fellow Christians needs to be demonstrated in real practical means.

So, we are faced with the very practical reality of what are we to do with our worldly goods that are beyond what we “need”.  The term “need” also needs some clarification.  If we are to give in a self-sacrificing manner then we need to give to the point that it hurts.  We need to give to the point that we are uncomfortable to say the least.  Giving in a “self-sacrificing” manner means that we are not giving from our excess.  We are giving from our necessity.

There is an abundance of Christians in this world that are in need.  How can a Christian live in luxury while their needs are not being met.  That sounds a lot like closing ones heart to a need. 

So, how can a Christian own a Lexus?


  1. This post comes across as being judgemental. Questioning values is one thing. But, we don’t know how the Lexus owner came across their car. Maybe someone gave it to them out of a need to have transportation. I agree that when there’s a need it should be filled. The question is: What are we doing to help a fellow Christian in need? It’s not up to us to judge someone over the type of car they drive. We need to be concerned with our giving attitude and deal with ourselves first. Just my observations.

    • Kimberly – I agree with your observations that this post comes across as too judgmental. It probably comes across that way because it is too judgmental. I wrote it four years ago. I hope that I would write an article with a better tone today. I was not very careful in the breadth of the net that was cast, which you accurately pointed out. Thankfully not very many people read my blog back then. At the time, the economy had tanked and many of my friends were financially struggling. I was working through my personal responsiblity. I don’t own a Lexus but I do own a nice Toyota pick-up and the implications are by degrees. It is a balance that I am still working through. This balance between giving our wealth away to our fellow Christians in need or holding onto it for our comfort or fear of the future. It think that is an evaluation that we continually need to be coming back to and evaluating.
      Thank you for you comments.
      God Bless!

      • JD, It’s great to see your comment today. I’m happy to read that you’ve taken my original comment as a constructive criticism. If we’re growing in our faith we should see and know when we’re being held accountable and accept it and make the appropriate changes, as you noted you have. Thank you for your reply. I’m honored to be counted as one who saw your original post here and can be of positive influence in the LORD. Happy Day! =) Be blessed!

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