A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-19-20
No Such Thing
What’s Happening: “In a Business Insider article that appeared today, there is some support for renewed stimulus checks…also some interest in job bonuses for those who sign up for a new job or to get their old job back… even for a lesser-amount stimulus (like $200 and $400 instead of the current $600)…but if something isn’t done, the checks will end at the end of July. The rub? Democrats want it; Republicans don’t. Democrats warn we are not through the economic repercussions of the pandemic, Republicans want to know where the money’s coming from (many have enjoyed money from state and federal stimulus programs that have exceeded what they were getting from their previous paychecks – the nationwide average is $978). Of course, our deficit spending has skyrocketed, but that gets little attention now (https://www.yahoo.com/news/weekly-600-unemployment-bonus-millions-183700864.html). ‘I think we’re going to seriously look at whether we want to do more direct money to stimulate the economy,’ Mnuchin said while testifying before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He didn’t offer specifics on amounts.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “t’s like a recent ad I heard… ‘it’s free money.’”
Biblical Response: “NOT! There’s no such thing! Just because tax revenues are huge (larger than any of us can reasonably dream), doesn’t mean they are limitless! Just because we empower legislators to make financial decisions for us, doesn’t mean we voted the right people in office…just that we have to abide by their decisions! You mean we have to be fiscally responsible? Yep…or bear the consequences…actually, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will bear them. Scary thought…but no less true. Borrowing is not a recommended activity…at least not in scripture (Rom. 13:8).”
“Christians? We believe in fiscal responsibility; that that is how servants and the served are determined (Prov. 22:7). Maybe we wish things were different, but reality has a way of prevailing.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to act fiscally responsible, making short-term sacrifices for long-term benefits…not the other way around; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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