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"For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken." Mt. 25:29

 

 
 

Sermon Excerpt: Investing Jesus-Style Matthew 25:14-30 Rev. Karen A. Goltz 


So if I’m reading this right, Jesus is saying that if you’re entrusted with large sums of someone else’s money, the right thing to do is to make a bunch of risky investments, hoping great risks will yield great rewards, and the wrong thing to do is to play it safe and hide the money where it won’t be subject to market forces, ensuring that the principle won’t be lost.  Is that right?  Then that settles it: Jesus is to blame for the global financial meltdown.

            That’s the good news for today.  Amen.

            Not quite.

            In recent weeks, we’ve heard a parable about lamp oil that had nothing to do with lamp oil.  We’ve heard a parable about a wedding garment that had nothing to do with clothes.  We’ve heard a parable about vineyards that had nothing to do with grapes, and we’ve heard a parable about day laborers that had nothing to do with day laborers.  So even though today’s parable is about money and investments, it should come as no surprise that it really has nothing to do with investments or money.

            There are plenty of interesting questions this parable raises, but the most interesting question to me is, who is God?  Not who is God in this parable—most of us understand God to be the master who went on the journey—but who is God to you? .....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon manuscript.