Podcast 29: Taxes, Giving and Money

Here is Megan and Dave’s 29th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Taxes and Giving! We also chat about:

  • The incredible difference between a million and a billion, and why those words shouldn’t rhyme
  • a new word for billion that we’re hoping catches on: #Gurtschnark
  • Tax avoidance
  • Why non-profits exist
  • Hearts and Wallets
  • How tithing isn’t magic
  • The Good Place on NBC

Giving

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What would you do with million dollars?

(For the sake of this question, I don’t know exactly how you got this million dollars, but you got it legally and ethically. Let’s say it was an inheritance from a relative you didn’t know you had, so you’re not really sad about it. It’s just $1 million that fell into your lap!)

What would you do?

Well, the first thing you should do would be pay taxes on it. And if you don’t think you would, maybe you should read this real quick.

So you pay taxes on it. Now, what would you do with $600,000?

Would you take an amazing trip? Would you pay off your house? Pay off your student loans? 

Maybe you’d something really good with it?!  Maybe you’d tithe on it, or go above and beyond the tithe on it!

But the real, most-likely possibility of coming into a million dollars is that it would ruin your life. You would probably have no idea what to do with it, and it would hurt your relationships and cause a whole lot of resentment, and you’d end up wishing that you never got to begin with.

Maybe.

But guess what?

You will see a million dollars in your life, just not all at once probably, and it holds the same risk that it will ruin your life.

It’s a risk that is commensurate with how much money you make, or receive.

As the ethical philosopher Biggie Smalls famously said, “Mo’ money, Mo’ problems.”

And the real problem for Christians is that the more money you get, the more likely you are to rely on it, and to let it pull you away from your relationship with God.

In fact, most of Jesus’ teachings about money are precisely about that.

But it’s not all bad news. It never is with Jesus.

He has provided us with a solution. 

It’s giving. 

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