The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Love, money & pigs

Luther speaks his mind on a sensitive subject

Some pastors don't want to talk about it. Many parishioners don't want to hear about it. But Martin Luther never shied away from it — money. He was generous with his money and spoke naturally about money as one of God's gifts. Money and love are connected, he thought. When we realize how much God loves us, we will want to give as God gives. "If I have won someone's heart, I will soon have his purse too," he said.

Luther was aware of the dangers of wealth: "Even if you should become rich justly and with God's help ... do not make mammon your god. Property is not given to you for you to build your trust on or boast about, all of which is vanity and nothing, but for you to use, enjoy and share with others."

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