People And Money: 5 Types Of Players –Part 2

– by Brett Johnson

Finances are the ledger of our values, the evidence of our priorities, and the measure of our practicality. Far from being separate from faith, finances are a window into how we view the world. Since worldview is a set of presuppositions held in faith concerning how life works, it inevitably incorporates both faith and finances. How does this tie into the four groups I outlined in Part 1, Planners, Pilgrims, Planters, & Platform-reformers?

Different interests for different personalities
Each group asks different questions about money because they focus on different outcomes, seeking solutions that help them live in their chosen reality. Groupies gravitate towards books that reinforce their position. Planners, for example, read Dave Ramsey and Ron Blue while Pilgrims read Loren Cunningham’s Daring to live on the Edge. Planters read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad or Sunday Adelaja’s Money won’t make you rich. Platform-reformers read lesser known works such as Uli Kortsch’s The Next Money Crash or, perhaps, Repurposing Capital which, full disclosure, I wrote. 

We read Scripture through our own perception
Relatively few approach Scripture asking questions that help them transition from one group to another. Fewer still dare to live life spanning all four camps. Why is this? Perhaps we lack information. We might be afraid of the unknown. A key reason I have observed: we do not like a fight. For all the talk of spiritual warfare and being in God’s army and plundering hell to populate heaven, we are comfortable in our category. Planners want to stay Planners; Pilgrims don’t want to become Planters; Planters do not want to be Platform-reformers. We are prone to accept what works without giving thought to how things should work. The convenient truth is that there are Scriptures to support every group, and you can choose to stay at any level. But, you cannot avoid a fight:

• Planners fight disorder, debt, and comparison
• Pilgrims fight the urge to go back to the predictable
• Planters fight the pride of life and the tendency to think, ‘I made this wealth myself, and it is mine to enjoy’
• Platform-reformers fight the fear of facing giants, not knowing if they can be beaten in their lifetime. 

Where do you want to end up in life?
Behind each battle is a force that Jesus called Mammon which, by definition, is greed deified. The magnetic pull of mammon seeks to stick people to their current reality, squeezing the courage out of them when they venture to break a barrier and go to a new height. This is true personally, but also at an organisational and a national level. Changing systems involves a fight and we need to choose our battles based on what we believe is our calling, our level of faith (if faith has levels), and the mandate for our lives. When you look back on your life, what will you have given your life to? Where do you want to end up? For which battles will you enlist? Decide this before you read 50 Principles of Faith-based Financing, or any other book on finances or Biblical economics. Then decide if you are bold enough to ask God to help you move from Planner to Pilgrim to Planter, then to Platform reformer.

JOY! Magazine (April 2018)

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