1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

Money is amoral, but the love of money isn’t.  This is poignantly  seen in a survey of people asking what they would do for $10 million.

  • Would abandon their entire family (25%)
  • Would abandon their church (25%)
  • Would become prostitutes for a week or more (23%)
  • Would give up their American citizenship (16%)
  • Would leave their spouses (16%)
  • Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free (10%)
  • Would kill a stranger (7%)
  • Would put their children up for adoption (3%)

So what should our attitude toward money be?  Listen as Shane continues his series of messages on James, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, looking at James 5:1-6.


  1. Shane, haven't had a chance to listen to the podcast, but do you have any theories as to why more would be willing to abandon their entire family (25%) than would either leave their spouse (16%) or put their children up for adoption (3%)? I'm trying to cook up an explanation why all or nothing got a greater likelihood than parceling out the family members. Not a pressing question, but a curiosity nonetheless.

  2. Even if the numbers got mixed up, still interesting — for lack of a better word — that the results would vary depending on which family members are to be traded. (Though, the fact that any of us would be agreeable to trade off a very part of ourselves for the cash is distressing enough, I suppose. Perhaps I should leave the curiosity at that.)

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