Faith & Finance

Rob West

Discipline and Freedom: A Paradox

January 21, 2021
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Solomon had enough wealth to do whatever he wanted, yet he writes in Proverbs 25:28, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”  In other words, left to our own whims and desires, we self-destruct. In order to be free, we must have discipline.  It’s a bit of a paradox as Rob West and Steve Moore point out on the program.


A paradox is something that seems to contradict itself.  It seems to mean one thing, but actually means the opposite.  This can be true of both “discipline” and “freedom.”


·      “Discipline” as a verb means, “to teach.”  A disciple is a student.  “Discipline” also has a negative connotation.  We often use the word to mean punishment.  We see it as being restrictive or limiting our ability to do what we want.  Given our nature, we’d rather not limit ourselves.  The paradox is that discipline, or self-restraint, doesn’t really limit us, but rather focuses our options.  In the case of money, living on a budget helps us spend our limited resources in a way that yields the best results.


·      “Freedom” also has a negative and positive connotation.  Financially, we think freedom means we can have anything we want.  But unless you have unlimited amounts of money and pay cash for everything, there are limits to what you can buy.  Spending more than you have brings on debt, which scripture says is enslaving.  That’s the opposite of being free.  

·      True freedom requires discipline or it leads to disaster. Discipline only appears to constrain us while freedom only appears to allow us to have anything we want without earning it.  The opposite is also true.  Without discipline there can be no real freedom. Hebrews 12:11 reads, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”


Next, Rob and Steve answer some questions from our listeners:


·      I’ve heard you say that you should only keep two credit cards in order to help your credit score.  Why is that? 


·      We’ve sold our 15-acre farm.  We now live in a camper on an acre of land that we’d ultimately like to build on.  Is there a specific type of savings account we can put our money in that would earn some interest and help us save up toward building our next home.  (Rob suggested online, high-yield savings accounts.  He mentioned as a resource to compare banks.  Three banks he likes are AllyCapital One 360, and Marcus.)

·      I want to refinance my mortgage and shorten the term from 30 years to 15 years.  The amount I pay each month would go up and the lender wants to add the closing costs into the amount of the mortgage, but the PMI will drop off.  Is this a good deal?

·      I’m interested in faith-based investing.  Can I do that through my 401k at work?  (The caller referenced Rob also suggested going to


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Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Faith & Finance heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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