Larry Burkett

Christian Financial Concepts

“The principles God has given us to live by in His Word are neither complicated nor harsh. In fact, they are designed to free us of a set of rigid do’s and don’ts. The difficulty is that so many American families have adopted get-rich quick mentalities that even the way they buy basic necessities has been affected. God’s principles of financial management have been largely ignored for the last 40 years, and now we are reaping what has been sown.

“A case in point: One of the largest mail order companies in the country decided to go out of business, despite the fact that sales were higher that ever. However, so were nonpayments from their sales force: children who were being supplied seeds to sell door-to-door. The nonpayment rate had risen steadily since the 60s, until by 1991 it reached 70 percent. The final straw came when the company attempted to contact parents, in hopes they would help in collection, only to discover they were actually encouraging the kids to keep the company’s money.

“In this case, the symptom was nonpayment of a legitimate debt, but the problem went much deeper, involving basic values that parents no longer teach their children. It’s vitally important for parents to realize that their own personal integrity will be reflected in the lives of their children. As parents walk in biblical integrity as responsible adults, their children will tend to follow in their footsteps. ‘A righteous man who walks in his integrity; how blessed are his sons after him’ (Proverbs 20:7).”