How to Think Biblically about the Stimulus Check

How to think biblically about the stimulus checks?
 Greg Scheideman
April 6, 2020

Dear Church Family,

You have probably seen it reported that it is expected that in the next few weeks, every adult making less than $75,000 per year (couples making less than $150,000) will receive $1,200 per adult and $500 for each child under the age of 17. Although this definitely is not the most accurate way for our government to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, it certainly is the quickest!

I would like to challenge all of us to think ahead of how God would like us to be good stewards of this money.

For those of us who have been (or may be in the future) financially affected by this crisis, this money can be seen as God’s provision for us to meet our obligations to pay bills.

For those of us who have not, it is an opportunity to accomplish the purpose of the money and help those who actually have been affected by this crisis. I would encourage you to do this in one of two ways:

1. If you personally know of someone who is in need, you could seek Godly counsel and give to them directly.

2. If you don’t know of anyone affected personally and want to support those within our body in the spirit of Acts 2:44-45 (“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”), you could give all or a portion back to the church. As the Elders and Deacons are made aware of people within our church who are financially affected, our leaders could make wise decisions about how to redistribute any excess funds to them.

This unplanned gift of our government is a great tool for us to use wisely and some pre-planning will help us to follow the example of John Wesley who once said: “Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart.”

In Christ,

Greg Scheideman - Chairman of the Deacons

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