Good thoughts from Derek Ouellette on Rachel Held Evans’ criticism of Dave Ramsey. I wholeheartedly agree.
As a Christian I’m compelled to challenge Evans ungenerous assumptions about Dave’s teaching. He is her brother in the Lord. So I have to ask myself why she would jump to such preemptive conclusions, then plaster her opinion of his teachings all over a secular media source prompting scoffers in the comments to make claims like:
“just one more in a countless line of scammers using a bronze age book of stories to squeeze money out of gullible fools. It’s been going on for 2000 years!”
This is why it is so important for Christians to address each other in Christian venue’s. The image of the Church is already in disrepair and I think Evans’ taking to CNN to offer heavy-handed accusations to a fellow Christian does Christ more harm than good.
Rachel, please put down your hammer and stop whac-a-moling other Christians.
See Derek’s post here.
Evans frequently takes things too far with those she disagrees with. She is not charitable. She doesn’t give the benefit of the doubt to her brothers and sisters in Christ. She did the same thing with Calvinists John Piper and Mark Driscoll (who any casual reader of the blog with know I’m not fans of). She refers to their “god” (in lower case), and attributes beliefs to them that they do not hold, or would at least have a more nuanced way of expressing. It’s gotten to the point I don’t care to follow her anymore. And that’s a shame, because sometimes she is inspiring.
Our family has benefited from taking Ramsey’s class. A few years ago we had student loans, car loans, and additional consumer debt. Now we have everything paid off but the mortgage, and have money in savings. We have definitely benefited from his class. We’re able to give more, and we have more “financial peace” because of it.
Having said that, I don’t agree with Ramsey on everything. I would like to see him focus more on simplicity, and less on acquiring stuff – even if it’s paid for. But overall he’s a solid teacher.