Does Money Matter?
What is your attitude towards money? Do you have a strict budget, or are you apt to splash out? Do you tithe, or think that an 'outdated' Old Testament requirement?
The Evangelical Alliance have published a report called Does Money Matter? after surveying 1,200 Christians about the subject. The results of their survey are promising - it seems Christians are largely 'thrifty, prudent and generous.'
Is it our duty as Christians to help those in poverty? Of those who took part, 93 percent think so. As for having no savings at all, only seven percent were in this position, compared to around 29 percent of all UK households.
Most respondents had heard a sermon on money being preached in their church; yet only seven percent of their churches currently offer any practical help for the unemployed.
However, an encouragingly large proportion - 45 percent - go to churches which have projects to provide for those in need, such as food banks.
General Director of the Evangelical Alliance Steve Clifford said that in this time of economic recession, Christians are modelling a way forward by being 'generous givers, shopping sensibly and showing that life is about more than the things we can buy.' Click here to download the full report.