Does the Bible talk about demonetisation?
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” –Hebrews 13:5 (NLTCE)
The Bible talks about everything. You simply need to have eyes to see the verses you are looking for, and ears to listen to what they are saying to you.
I have come across Scriptures that have governed my attitude toward demonetization.
- Listen to Apostle Paul in Romans 13:1- “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
I find this a very clear and categorical commandment, addressed to all human beings, without exception. Everyone is included in this instruction – Christians and Catholics, believers and unbelievers. Every person is required to be “subject to” the governing authorities, in this case, Prime Minister Modi and his band of financial experts who deem that demonetization is the best route to take if we are to root out the scourge of black money from our nation. I believe subjection includes obedience but implies even more. Subjection chiefly has to do with the spirit or attitude of the individual, which leads to obedience. It recognizes authority over us to which we are obliged to give not only our obedience but our respect. My spirit needs to seek to understand the perspective and purpose of the one who God has placed over me, who is superior and will seek to enhance life of citizens of the nation.
I feel sorry to find that we Christians are not very different from non-Christians in our attitudes and responses toward authority. Compliance is given, but cooperation is not. Our remarks on FaceBook and other social media reveal as much grudge and resentment toward demonetization as anybody else.
- This verse from the Book of Hebrews says in all- “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’.” (13:5)
If you want it said in clearer language, then here is Apostle Paul’s incredible example in Philippians 4:12 which is expressed beautifully in everyday modern English in the NLTCE version, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” If you are still not convinced, he adds for irrefutable measure: “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”
In the weekly Bible study classes I facilitate for TAFTEE (The Association For Theological Education through Extension), I conducted this little experiment. I asked the students to remove their wallets. Though surprised, they obliged. I asked them if each wallet was lighter than it had been pre-demonetization? There was unanimous agreement. I then asked them to share their experiences and feelings. These were some of the responses:
“Every hundred rupee note has become so precious.”
“Now I think ten times before buying anything; I ask myself, ‘Do I really need it?’”
“I used to be very extravagant before. Without thinking, I would just take out money or my card and throw it left, right, and centre. Demonetization has compelled me to sit with my budget and actual necessities.”
“However, I still think that the movement could have been organized better. It has caused inconvenience to the poorer classes and many others.”
Has it caused any inconvenience to you? Have any of you had to starve, been deprived of medical attention, or been unable to pay your bills?
Not one of the students faced any struggle.
I rest my case.
- How can we miss what Abba Father is conveying to us in this verse- “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
Here is the whole passage (that gives us the context): “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Many of us have committed to memory this powerful verse. Unfortunately, what we do is to only quote, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need” but what is left out is “don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’” These words were said by Christ in 1st century Judea where people worked daily for their wages, and got paid on that day itself. They had no guarantees about the next day’s wages, therefore their anxiety was about tomorrow, and tomorrow’s work and wages. Today too, we tend to be anxious about tomorrow (“My 2000 rupee notes are exhausted, and I have only 3 one-hundred rupee notes left – what will I do about running my home and seeing to my family’s needs tomorrow?”). We forget that as with the Israelites during their wandering in the desert, God only promises enough grace for one day at a time. That is why Jesus said that it’s a waste of time to worry about tomorrow because sufficient for a day is its own trouble.
Why shouldn’t we trust God because He owns all that there is? Why should we rail and vent spleen against the Government of India, which has been established by God alone (Unless you believe the Bible lies). Our Father promises to meet every one of our needs, just like He does the birds of the air who could care less about what they’re going to eat or drink tomorrow. Are you willing to trust your eyes or will you trust God who you cannot see with your eyes?
Inscribe this truth on your heart: ‘Even my eyes may lie to me but God never does.’
by Ingrid Albuquerque-Solomon
Ingrid Albuquerque-Solomon is an author, mainstream media writer, and theologian. She currently serves as Content Provider for Haggai Institute International, Consultant for Berean Bay Media House, facilitates weekly Bible studies for The Association For Theological Education through Extension (TAFTEE), and writes Christian devotionals tailored to meet the everyday needs of different Christian organizations.