For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:10
Making money from a blog is a hotly debated topic in Christian blogging circles. Some people suggest you lose your integrity when you make money from blogging and the other side says it’s perfectly alright to make money as long as you maintain your integrity.
Rather than shy away from this topic, I’m going to meet it head on and hopefully lay some of the debate to rest.
Making money from blogging isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t show a lack of integrity in and of itself. In fact, it is very difficult for an outsider to truly judge the motives and character of a blogger based solely on the fact that they make money through their blog. The truth of the matter stands between God and the blogger.
So, stop judging the topic of making money from blogging based on random perceptions and look at it from a biblical standpoint that only includes two individuals…you and God.
-What are your motives for wanting to make money from blogging? Do they exhibit a lack of trust in God’s provision? Do they exhibit a tendency toward greed? Or are you pursuing an income from blogging as a way to be a wise steward of your resources and time?
-If you have an aversion to making money from blogging, why is that? Is it the Holy Spirit giving you discernment of how you might react if you were to start making money from blogging? Is it because you have perceived greed in others who make money from their blogs? Are you setting a double standard in which you believe making money from something like writing freelance articles or a book is somehow more acceptable than making money from writing a blog? Is blogging equal to being an entrepreneur?
-Do you have the time or the need for a part time job? We are to be keepers at home and not running from house to house (or blog to blog). Is there a financial need in your family that could be filled by blogging without taking away from the family? Do you have your husband’s blessing?
-Do the things you make money from support the mission of your blog and the Word of God? It would be wrong to promote products you know nothing about simply to make a quick buck. You can never let your guard down and expect greed to stay away. Make a mission statement for your blog and then only promote products that match that mission statement. This is precisely the reason I work hard to block certain Google Ads on my site. Yes, I could make more money if I allowed more categories, but it would not be money made with integrity.
I hope this has given you some food for thought about the motives and intentions behind making money from blogging. It really must be something you bring before God, humbly and in submission to His will.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.