Opinion: The Church Must Educate On Finances

The Reverend David L. Chapman is the interim executive minister of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and a member of the Master Your Card African-American Advisory Board.

For generations, the Black church has unified, inspired and empowered African-Americans. And as I think about what my faith has meant in my own life and in the lives of so many in the African-American community, one treasured Bible verse comes to mind: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your God in heaven.” During my decades in the pulpit, I quoted or heard someone else quote this verse more times than I can count. It is a worthy approach to moral living and has been so for more than 2,000 years.

Following the release of a report about the plight of the financially underserved families in our local community, state and nation, this Bible verse serves as a reminder that all of us have an opportunity to light the way for others and help them join the financial mainstream. Shining a light on financial education and technology offers us an opportunity to do just that.

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