This is my research:
First, the Bible says to Christians, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1Thess 4:11,12
And it also says in stronger terms, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” 2Thess 3:6–12
- Being compensated for the work we do is not “serving money”.
Seeking money at the expense of goodness*, that is what the Bible was/is speaking of.
*: the mix of these three…
Transcendent love: a free gift of hoping for the virtuous betterment of ourselves and others. It is unconditional with no expectations in return and frees us and others of our fears so we can gain confidence, understanding and skill without being angry or defensive.
Virtue: truthful, wise, logical, prudent, trustworthy, praiseworthy, just, self-restraint, lacking corruption, forgiving, organized, clean, caring, principled, wisely generous, intelligent, humble, courageous.
Wisdom: allows us to avoid traps and guides us to success using accumulated insights into what works and what doesn’t work in life and relationships.
It’s about who is master. Do you own your money, or does your money own you?
The Good Samaritan is a very good parable of a man with lots of money. He stepped in to take care of a stranger, and committed to pay for a hotel room and full medical care until he was recovered. You can’t do that, even in 1st century Palestine, without significant money.
In contrast, the rich young ruler was owned by his money. He asked what he, personally, needed to do beyond the Law to inherit Heaven. His money was more important to him, so he walked away unhappy.
- It probably is for the typical Christian.
But a TRUE Christian does not own His money. He realizes that He is a steward of all provision God has entrusted him with. He only uses it as God directs.
Income often determines who you work with and socialize with. God desires that all classes and economic levels come to salvation through Jesus Christ. So, He uses the job He places people in to influence those on every level.
God is not opposed to riches, He is only concerned about the heart and its desires.
- Where your heart is there your treasure is also. If you love money and its acquisition consumes most of your thoughts, it will hurt you. If you love God and your fellowman then money can help you support God’s work. It will bless you. It depends on your mental focus.
Interesting to choose six-figure salary. The average wage in the world is $1.90 a day. Why not pick that instead?
- Earning money is not necessarily the same thing as serving money. Morally speaking, it is not what you earn but how you earn it – and in fact earning a 6-figure salary is not inherently different from earning a 5-figure salary.
Besides, religion is always selective and interpretative. I’m not sure I have met any Christians who truly took this principle seriously
The most fundamental message of Jesus was to give away what you have and follow him. To do anything other than this is really not following Jesus.
That being said if that was the minimum standard, Jesus would not have many followers so in the interest of expanding the reach of Christianity they compromised on a few things.
- No, because money itself is merely a tool. Depends really on what you do with that. If a Christian thinks that money is more important than God, then that’s more than just hypocrisy. That’s also means you’re worshipping money as a new god in your life.