Money is important because we still need it to buy food, drinks to sustain our life.
It is not important because we cannot bring any of it to our eternal life. It cannot buy friendship and draw us closer to Jesus
So, what are your views on money?
Haha, I seriously talk about this subject all the time..... Here's the answer, and it may be strange or controversial to some... But I'll try to be as honest as possible.
First as Christians we were commanded to not be of this world. We were also told we are set aside from this world. This means that a worldly way of thinking, worldly mentality, and worldly understanding of worldly things should not apply to us as Christians.
With this said, I'll start by giving you a chunk of my personal life. My family raises FULLY ORGANIC FREE RANGE farm animals. This means that we do not give them feed, we allow them to roam pasture lands for their food. Their water is either from our stream (leading to our pond), or water catchment. The animals all eat grass, shrubs, bugs, etc., for their food supply.
I've raised baby goats directly from their mothers, straight to the grass & leaves into adulthood, until they produce their own milk. The bucks I have slaughtered, raised directly from grass.
We cut the goats forage sometimes (evergreen trimmings - Cedar) during the winter months, which they chomp on. After they clean the sticks of green, we chip them into wood chips for mulch on our garden. We do use a power chipper, but it can be done with hatchets as well.
We have skinned goats, tanned hides, and my wife has made moccasins out of the leathers...
We have sheared animals (sheep and angora rabbits), spun yarn, and my wife & daughter knit...
We have made soap out of animal fat, raised off pasture grasses and leaves.
The soap lye was made from the ashes of the fire that we smoked the goat meat on.
Honestly, I do believe with natural housing (cob, rammed earth, or simply a log cabin), stones for fireplaces, some tools, that god has provided us with EVERYTHING we need to live.
It's our worldly ways with worldly needs that cause us to "need" money.
Taxation is another subject, but in my country, if you don't earn money, you don't pay an income tax. There are other taxes (within transactions), but let's not complicate the matter further.
There are many people who build homes for free out of natural materials/garbage. (youtube earthships)
The only "Christian" answer I can give you is that "NO" money is not important. God has given us everything we need to live, shelter, wash, eat, drink, clothe, and play with.... All for free in his creation. Unfortunately, most of us (I'm trying I promise) are scared to take the steps necessary to "leave" the world and live within the beauty of his creation.
In our worldly ways, I believe money should be a back burner issue, NOT IMPORTANT. We should use as little of it as NEEDED, and only buy with a pure contented spirit, as we work our way out of these worldly ways.
Perpetual debt, buying from exploitive corporations (and ones that support planned parenthood), and never living past a 40-50 hour shift to pay for a sofa and television set at night, seems rather enslaving. Like cattle being led into the stalls at night...
God has given us so much self sustaining beauty. Every year I learn more and more about it. It's terrifying yet amazing to watch it progress. 'Permaculture' was God's design, all self sustaining. God is good, and gave us everything we need.... Our "failure" to embrace it, creates reliance on a worldly system of money.
Anyway, those are the thoughts I have on the subject.... It's just amazing as we had our 4th generation of chicks just start laying WITHOUT EVER feeding them any chicken feed. they nibble TEENY sand fragments for grit when they are chicks.
The mother hens kill bugs for them too.... They'll peck at little strands of grass, fleas, etc....
God is good. God gives us hope.
EDIT - Electricity can be created from wind power. I've built a windmill out of an old treadmill motor, and and old 6" diameter PVC pipe cut into blades for the wind generator. I stuck a diode on it, and watched it charge a bank of golf cart batteries (wired in series parallel) and ran a 12V inverter off it for 120V A/C power. ALL built from garbage. Even the battery bank was desulphated old golf cart batteries (restored), the wiring was off an old welder to hold the amperage between the batts.
Amazingly awesome stuff, all for free, from garbage...
God gives in that which people waste.