Friday, November 30, 2012

Paying Off Your Debt

Wow! Did I get it for my post Christians Declaring Bankruptcy. I couldn't even publish all the comments because I got tired of being accused of being judgmental and making cruel statements. The one thing I didn't hear in any of these comments of those who had to file for bankruptcy is their desire to ever pay it back. I didn't hear about their faith and trust in a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills to help them make good on what they owe. Is anything too hard for the Lord? {Genesis 18:14}

When we declare bankruptcy and do not consider paying it back, we do to others what we would not want done to ourselves. We do harm to our neighbor. Love your neighbor as yourself.  Love does no harm to its neighbor. {Romans 13:9,10} Someone has to pay your debt. If you are able to work in any way, you need to commit to paying back your debt. Owe no man anything, but to love one another. {Romans 13:8}

Being called judgmental when all I do is teach God's Word as I see is wrong. We are called to rebuke, admonish, and encourage each other. We are not to judge each other in what they eat or the days they celebrate or those outside the church body, according to Scripture, but we are absolutely called to admonish those who call themselves Christians.

Our nation is deep in debt and ready to declare bankruptcy. We are called to be light in this dark world and not live the way the world lives. What an example to the world Christians would be if they were to start paying back their debt. Give everyone what you owe him...if revenue, then revenue. {Romans 13:7}

Laine has a great article about 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House. If you are in debt or have declared bankruptcy and would like to pay it back, I suggest you read it and apply it.  She has some great ideas! Dave Ramsey is another man who comes highly recommended by many who have been able to get out of debt and stay there!

Some say conservatives are cold-hearted and don't care about the poor. Those who are truly poor, disabled, and cannot work, we completely agree in helping and getting government assistance. If the government only helped those truly in need, we would not be in the financial mess we are in now.  However, our government helps way too many people that can work, therefore, has put us on a treacherous path to destruction.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2