What Romans 13:8 Teaches About Financial Debt

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 NIV) This week someone very kindly, politely, and respectfully challenged me to rethink my position on debt and credit cards.  Her belief is that when one uses a credit card (even if it is paid off every month), she is in debt.  Romans 13:8 was one of … [Read more...]

Debt as a Theme in the Bible

One of the main thematic underpinnings of the Bible is the credit and debt scheme. Man sins by disobedience and is now indebted to God for our sin. It is a debt too great for us to pay. Jesus, the Christ, pays the debt and we are thus set free. When the Bible speaks of financial debt it talks about debt in a way that it disadvantages those who participate in it. Deuteronomy 15:6 (NIV) For the … [Read more...]