Tackling Taboo Subjects in Church: Being Brave with Our Money
By Katie Jones
God's Brave Women - Katie's Story
I am one of those girls God has called to talk about a ‘taboo’ subject within the church. MONEY.
And I ask Him for courage every time I do.
After graduating from a private Christian college with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, I had a large amount of student loan debt, and I didn’t like the idea of spending a good portion of my adult life paying off that debt.
Through my years of schooling, I was exposed to courses on finance, statistics, and business all through a biblical lens. The Bible gave a real blueprint on how to run a business, as well as how to handle our money. It seemed clear that if we were to apply these biblical business principles into our own work and personal finances, there was no way we could avoid having some sort of success with them. My passion started to develop as I thought about my own life and imagined how my future might change if I put these truths into practice.
Could I really live debt-free? Could I make a decent amount of money and be able to donate and provide for many organizations and ministries? The Lord gave me these desires, and I knew that through hard work and help from the Lord, it could be done! That is when my journey really took off and I decided it was time to get serious about my financial health.
As I began to develop a deep interest in financial literacy and gained more knowledge about these topics, I felt the desire to share all that I had been learning. However, when I took these conversations outside of my college classroom I almost felt ashamed to bring up money around my other Christian friends. It felt like such an outlawed topic to talk about! But I didn’t understand why it had to be that way.