What should they be telling people with plenty of money?

Prompt: For your thread, please choose any 2 questions you would like to answer from the “Things to Think About” section found in the assigned

Cowan reading for this Module: Week. Include your responses to the 2 questions in one thread. I need at least 250 words in response to the

provided prompt. The thread must include at least one scholarly source plus the text—all in current APA format. Course text: Economic Parables By David Cowan,

• How do you define wealth?

How do you feel about your wealth and how you acquire it?

• Is consumerism a bad thing?

Do you see a difference between consumerism and consumption?

• When does our attitude toward wealth and consuming create a barrier between us and God? • As part of faithful discipleship, how should we change our ideas about wealth? Can you name three things you could change today? If so, how could you change them?

• Do you worry too much about paying your bills and about your job security?

Is it tempting to think you are at the mercy of economic forces beyond your control—beyond even God’s control? •

Is it possible for a Christian to be rich and a good disciple?

Is there a threshold of wealth that a Christian cannot cross? •

Do you think it is more difficult to be a disciple in today’s economy than in the economy of Jesus’ time?

What differences are there between the two situations?

• Do you think churches and theologians are too negative about globalization and the free enterprise system?

What should they be telling people with plenty of money?



One way to define wealth is to consider it as a state of having an abundance of resources or possessions, which can include money, property, investments, and other assets. However, wealth can also be subjective and may differ depending on individual perceptions and values. For example, some people may consider their health, relationships, or sense of purpose as the most valuable aspects of their wealth.

Regarding my personal wealth, I am grateful for the opportunities and resources I have, but I also acknowledge that there are many others who have far less. I strive to be a responsible steward of my resources and to use them in ways that align with my values and support the well-being of others.

Consumerism refers to the culture of constantly pursuing and acquiring material possessions and goods, often at the expense of personal well-being and environmental sustainability. While consumption is a natural part of human life, consumerism represents an extreme form of it, fueled by marketing and advertising that encourages people to buy more than they need or can afford.

Our attitude towards wealth and consumption can create a barrier between us and God when we prioritize material possessions over spiritual values or neglect the needs of others. As faithful disciples, we should strive to cultivate a mindset of generosity and stewardship, recognizing that all resources ultimately come from God. Three things