Christian Lenders | Should Lending Be Abolished?

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This week I’m continuing to think through the implications of the statement: the borrower is slave to the lender.  How does this impact Christian loans and Christian lenders?

Perhaps, I’m wrong, but taken at face value, this passage (Prov. 22:7) seems to indicate that any Christian who lends would then be a master.  Since the Bible says we have only one master, then it seems as if it would be wrong to lend because we would be making ourselves masters over others.  Why would any Christian want to put another person into bondage?  We have been set free by Jesus Christ so there is no reason to once again subject ourselves or another to bondage.  Could we read Romans 6:1-4 and apply that to Christian lenders, bondage, and borrowing?

Why don’t we attack Christian lenders with the same passion as we would human slave masters?

And I do continue to lend money.  I lend money because I think the Bible says it can be an act of kindness.

How Christian Lenders and Loans is a Gracious Act

  • Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs. (Deuteronomy 15:8 NIV)
  • They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. (Psalm 37:26 NIV)
  • Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. (Psalm 112:5 NIV)
  • And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. (Luke 6:34 NIV)

These passages seem to indicate that helping others through a loan is a function of God’s social justice.  Christian lending can indeed be an act of compassion.

Two Types of Christian Lending In the Bible

How can the Bible, on one hand, have so many negative things to say about borrowing and then, on the other hand, have anything positive to say about lending?

The reason is because of greedy lending.  This is one where people take advantage of the poor (Ps 112:5), charge excessive rates (Ezk. 18:13), and take away items essential for life (Ex. 22:26).  Compassionate lending is the opposite.

How Christian Lenders Can Loan As An Act Of Kindness

  1. The nature of the loan itself – are the terms and rates reasonable?
  2. The nature of the one who offers the loan – is the lender flexible, compassionate, and concerned about the needs of the borrower?
  3. The nature of laws – does the law give any right to the lender?
  4. The nature of need – is the item borrowed worth the risk of borrowing?

Therefore, in these cases I would say the borrower is not slave to the lender, but the lender is servant to the borrower.  This is a rare and countercultural type of helping.  This is the very type of lending that God encourages his people do.  Ultimately, when the Bible speaks against lending and borrowing, it is doing so without compassion and excessive borrowing is the focus.

My Personal Example

I have one outstanding debt – a house loan.

But, I didn’t get my loan through a regular financial institution.  Living overseas, I would have been looking at a 10+% loan to buy a home.

Seven families I know banded together and offered my family a loan to buy a home.  I viewed and still view that loan as an act of kindness.  Basically because it conforms to the conditions where lending can be kindness.

That loan is a blessing to my family.

Do you think lending can ever be a blessing?  If lending can be a blessing, can there ever be a situation where you lend to someone and you do not enslave them?

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  3. Bella Seaton says

    I just read the first section and then stopped. Those scriptures you are referring to is taking out of context. Christ made us free to sin not to the world because we all have to live in the world. The bondage he is talking about is spiritual bondage to sin. The scriptures also talks about those that have to be in subject to their earthly masters on earth.1 peter 2:18 We all have employers who is in the same likeness to masters.

    The master he is referring to in the other scripture as one master…is.. one father in heaven.. God the supreme.. because he says in another scripture you can not serve two masters…. Satan and Christ..you have to choose which one and then serve him.

    You can not use Romans 6;1-4 for lenders because it was not for lenders but for the body of Christ, the church… Paul was telling them not to sin willingly and think that they will be covered under grace… when you are baptized into Christ you put off sin.. that mean you dont willfully sin and be like im okay before God because i am covered under grace…being wicked on purpose. Christ came to give us a way to make it to heaven but if we have the mind to be wicked then why did he come..

    But i can go on and on… but i just wanted to correct that for those reading with no understanding of the scriptures used.

    as for lending… as long as the person is not greedy of gain and lending with extreme high interest…. as long as they are just in their dealings..i dont see how that is wrong and back in the old day the children of israel lended to each other but after 7 years they release each other from those loans…

    its when people become greedy…thats when its wrong..

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