There is no shortage these days of money "experts" telling us how we can achieve peace of mind and financial security. But can we really buy what they're selling? Whenever the world promises us something, especially if it seems easy, we need to proceed with caution. God’s way of dealing with family finances differs in many respects to the world’s, and we should recognize the differences.
Here are 3 financial truths for your marriage the world opposes:
1. Share Everything with Your Spouse
TV personality and financial advisor Suze Orman advises that spouses ought to take a "Yours, Mine and Ours" approach to marital finances. Why? In her words, "if the relationship doesn't work out, you'll have your own nest egg to fall back on."
What we have to keep in mind when we hear advice from our culture is that the approach is secular, not sacred. God views marriage as a spiritual commitment. It is a sacred act.
In Mark 10:8, Jesus teaches that couples "...shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one..." This union is so powerful in God's eyes that there is no longer a "yours" and "mine" — there is only "ours."
One of the outcomes of combining financial resources is that it creates opportunities for couples to discuss, pray, and agree upon how best to use the resources God has given us. This stands in stark contrast to the world's advice of "yours" and "mine" which Suze Orman says helps "avoid discussions and disagreements."
Anyone who has had a long and happy marriage will tell you that avoiding discussions and disagreements (no matter the topic) is not a recipe for a successful marriage.