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Wise Up About Money

When we handle our money wisely, we best resemble our Father.

The shock disk jockey, Howard Stern, is probably most well known for his vulgar and crude antics on his radio and television shows. In fact, at last count, over the years Stern has been fined about $1.5 million by the FCC for violations on his radio and television shows.

Back in 1994 Stern decided to run for governor of New York. But when he found out that running for governor would require that he issue a" public financial disclosure statement, he withdrew his candidacy. He reasoned that a public financial disclosure statement was far too much of a personal issue to be made public.

Now here's a guy who regularly describes in vulgar detail his sexual behavior to hundreds of thousands of listeners across the country, and yet he feels his personal finances is too personal an issue to discuss in public. What is wrong with this picture?

The reality is that a lot of people are not all that different from Howard Stern in their discomfort about talking about their finances. Most of us want to keep our income, spending, debt, and giving habits private. I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when my 10 son asked me how much money I brought home each month, and I didn't want to answer him. I think I changed the subject or something.

I've realized that privacy about our finances is simply a part of our culture today. Let's face it. It's hard to talk about money with the people you know and love and trust the most. How many conflicts between husbands and wives are about finances?

Chris and I through the years have had our fair share of conflicts about issues of spending or purchasing or saving. Most marriages have one partner who is more of a spender and one partner who is more thrifty. And when those two can't ...

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Timothy J. Peck is director of the chapel and a lecturer in the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. He preaches regularly at Christ our King Church in Azusa.

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The Bible challenges our hang-ups and looks at money honestly and openly.

I. We wise up about money when we work hard to reach our earning potential.

II. We wise up about money when we avoid incurring foolish debt.

III. We wise up about money when we seek moderation in our lifestyle.

IV. We wise up about money when we share generously with those in need.


John Wesley had it right: "Earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can."