Biblical Values

Community Money Advice exists to help establish free ethical debt advice services in local communities. The vision to do this was inspired by the christian beliefs at the heart of the organization. In short, inspired by the compassion God has shown to us, we are driven by compassion for others. The Bible speaks eloquently on the subject of money and helping those in financial trouble as well as in the depths of poverty. The following explains the Biblical basis of what CMA does and believes. It can also be used as the basis of a personal or group Bible study.

CMA's biblical values:

God has compassion for the poor in any society.1 He calls his people to be active in seeking to help those who are disadvantaged in their communities. This was exemplified in the Old Testament through the people of Israel who were commanded to care for the poor in practical ways2 and to ensure that the principles of justice and mercy were practiced in their society.3 For example, specific measures were put into place to address the issue of personal indebtedness.4 Subsequently, the Prophets frequently reminded the people of their responsibilities to care for the poor.5

Jesus proclaimed God’s concern for all oppressed people6 and he lived out this concern through his acts of mercy, his miracles, his healings and his sacrificial death.7 The church is commanded to follow his example through direct involvement to meet the needs of the poor. Paul commanded the church to “remember the poor”8 and also to “do good to all people.”9

CMA seeks to fulfil this God-given mandate by applying these principles to the issue of money management and personal debt. We believe that this is a central issue in our society requiring the application of God’s justice and mercy. CMA’s strategy is to work through churches and other community groups to build up a nationwide network of Money Advice Centres.

[1] Eg: Psalm 116:5, Psalm 145:9, Matthew 15:32, 2 Corinthians 1:3
[2] Eg: Exodus 23:6, Leviticus 19:9
[3] Eg: Leviticus 25:8-55, See also Nehemiah 5:1-13
[4] Eg: Deuteronomy 15:1-6, Leviticus 25:39-43
[5] Eg: Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, Jeremiah 22:3
[6] Luke 4:18-19
[7] Eg: Matthew 4:23-25, Acts 10:38
[8] Galatians 2:10
[9] Galatians 6:10a