Not really. Not in a way I’m fully comfortable with.
First, I dont want to draw a hard line somewhere God’s word doesnt. And I’m prone to that, so I’m trying to guard against it.
Second, I can’t say I really have a comfortable understanding here. I guess I’m trying to “feel” the issue out, which probably isn’t best.
The first principle I would point to would be toward simplicity and away from ostentatious or even comfort. Toward David the Shepherd and not David the King. And I wouldnt argue with there was something wrong with David having the riches. Surely it was God who blessed him and gave it to him. At the same time, it feels like the rich kingly lifestyle was somewhat of a stumbling block to him and especially the kings who came after him, who’s hearts werent turned as fully to the Lord.
The second principle is that of outwardly glorifying God. Our lives should say that Christ is first. Paul learned the secret of being content in all things because Christ was/is first. So what we own/value/love should show that Jesus is our Lord.
The third principle would be that I have a knowledge that greed is corrupting. It is easy to fall into especially when you can point to others who are worse than you (and not you personally). So we have to guard against it.
For me, loving money and the things that money buys has never really been a stumbling block, but I’ve struggled with Christians who seem to love money, at least from the outside. I dont know if that (the appearance of loving money) counts as not being above reproach - I really dont know one way or the other if it does. And I know a lot of poorer people would wonder the same about me.
In college I had several friends who were native to and lived in Nicaragua. They had trouble making ends meet. Some of these guys would go hungry so their kids could eat. One friend of mine ate the family’s pet bird one lean year. And though I’ve never been what I would call a rich man, I’ve never gone hungry. And I see Christians driving Mercedezes and valuing 215 dollar Bibles… there’s a tension there that I dont know exactly what to do with.
So I know it is up to a person’s consciene, but it can’t just be conscience alone.
As far as the Preachers Bible marketing video goes, I think the thing that gives me the sick “gut-reaction” that I have is just seeing - as @jtbayly says - people absolutely gush over these soft imported Bibles. Its just not how I think of a Shepherd - a John the Baptist or Paul or Barnabas, or someone more recent like Calvin. But I think there’s something else going on as well - at least for me - about the proper way to think of money and how to best use what resources aren’t really ours in the first place.
I’m sure I’m off somewhere. Tell me where I’m wrong. Sharpen me up. I need it. Appreciate the conversation. To @Jesse as well.