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March 23, 2017

How He May Repay His Loans [Snippet]

There are not many things in life more burdensome than debt, and I believe it is an especial obstacle to Christians. Is there anything that anchors one to a life of this-present-world pragmatism more than the state of owing money? It easily becomes the overriding factor in every decision, preventing the exploration of less lucrative but potentially more meaningful options.

I cannot understand why I did not hear a single sermon, Sunday School lesson, or Youth Group talk on avoiding debt while growing up. I can understand schools’ dropping the ball on this subject at best or purposely letting students get tangled in the debt slavery system at worst, but Christians ought to know better.

Here’s an imaginative (hopefully not irreverent) variation on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, with Paul’s observation on divided loyalties between one’s spouse and God altered to address monetary encumbrance:

I want you to be free from anxieties. The debt-free man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the indebted man is anxious about worldly things, how to repay his loans, and his interests are divided. And the debt-free woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the indebted woman is anxious about worldly things, how to appease her loan servicer. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

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