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COLUMN: Sticker shock: Take care of those finances in a godly manner

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By Jon Rohr

Today I was at the store and I noticed that a half-gallon of milk cost about $2.20, while a gallon cost about $2.90. Does that strike anyone as a little strange? Only 70 cents for that second half-gallon?
But then again a couple of days ago I was buying some canned dog food. Now it is certainly easier to buy a shrink wrapped package of 6 or twelve cans, but then I looked at the price. For the same dog food, the individual cans were considerably LESS expensive per can. Does something seem wrong with that?
And let’s not even get started with things like payday loan companies. I thought a credit card with an interest rate of 25 percent was crazy, but many of these payday companies charge up to 900 percent. So if you borrowed $100 for a year, at the end of the year you owe them $1,000. I even looked and the best rate I found was about 364 percent, so that $100 loan would be only cost about $400 to pay back.
One of the passages in the Bible that disturbs me is when Jesus tells the parable of the dishonest manager who uses his position and influence to protect himself. Jesus even says, “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (Luke 16:8 NIV) This is a warning to us to be on guard. Not everyone is looking out for your best interests. Some are out to make a buck no matter what it costs you or your family.
Pay attention as you shop and as you take care of your family. Sadly some people care more about money than about people. The bible also reminds us “Owe no man anything, but to love one another.” (Romans 13:8 KJV) Bills and credit cards quickly pile up and overwhelm even the most careful. Easy cash isn’t so easy and doing a little math at the grocery store can save you a lot of money.
The Lord God Almighty cares for you and your family, so He warns us to be careful. He has given us principles on handling money that protect our hearts and our families. Take time to learn those principles. Trust God, even when He talks about money.