Money is not evil, but it is extremely dangerous and powerful. The problem with our culture is that even in the church, everyone is pushed into the pursuit of it with little or no warning of the intoxicating and deceiving power it has. Only if we have an eternal perspective, and understand that out money is meant to advance His Kingdom and not our standard of living, will we be able to ride the rapids and handle money, without it having a hold on us.
"Do not labor to be rich; cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes on it on that which is not? For surely it makes wings for itself; it flies into the heavens like an eagle." -Proverbs 23: 4-5