I hear this Bible verse misquoted so often as “Money is the root of all evil”. It’s even in a popular song by Pink Floyd “Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today”. What a great rock song it is, but the lyrics get it wrong.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…
1 Timothy 6:10 CSB
Money itself is neither good nor evil. So when the above bible verse is misquoted, it makes the Bible seem silly. Everyone knows that one really wealthy person who is the opposite in appearance and action to what we would call evil. We all know that money, and mounds of it, can be used to do great good.
But when you LOVE money, now we’re talking about something totally different.
The full verse in the CSB translation is as follows:
10 For the love of money is a root[a] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Loving money means you prize it, want it, keep your eyes and mind focused on it and it comes into consideration with every decision. And when you love MONEY, greed and distrust color your thoughts. You want what others have, you question other people’s motives constantly. And worst of all, you become a slave to it!
And the verse doesn’t just refer to money, it speaks to the love of material things too. The material things aren’t evil themselves, but they can certainly cause people to do evil things and think evil thoughts. I have talked to plenty of people that were mugged down in the city for their shoes or watch.
When I read this I was reminded that my love for God and the PEOPLE He has created and died for must be so much greater than any love, care or even concern I have for money and material possessions.
It was really convicting. I can recall so many times where I chose money/things over people, and I felt a sharp stab of shame when I thought about all Jesus gave up to redeem me.
Do you struggle with this? Do you understand what this verse means? Or am I completely wrong?
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Peace in Jesus,