Q: I want to be rich like Bill Gates. Is that wrong? I’m twelve years old.
A: There’s nothing wrong with being rich. If your primary goal in life, however, is simply to get rich, then it’s wrong. Think about the scriptural counsel: «You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love the other one, or else the other way around» (Matthew 6:24, TLB).
Money is neither good nor bad. It’s only when money takes the place of God and turns into an obsession that it becomes wrong to be rich. Make serving God your primary goal, and the money may or may not come.