My calling from God is to preach and teach his whole counsel and watch over the flock that he purchased with his blood. Therefore, my intent in writing this article is not to step on toes; that’s God’s business. He does the ‘toe stepping’ through the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit. That being stated, I would like to have a frank discussion about money. Today, as you well know, many nations, including ours, no longer function with manageable debt. Reckless borrowing has placed citizens around the world in grave danger. I don’t need to cite examples because anyone who is breathing is well aware of this sizeable problem.
What concerns me on another level is the reckless borrowing going on in homes across our nation. And the church is not immune to it. A number of true believers have gotten themselves into deep trouble by renting their prosperity. Anytime we disregard God’s redemptive principles for our lives we wind up hurting ourselves, our families and our effectiveness as Christians. Proverbs 22:7 says, “The borrower is servant to the lender.” Unmanageable debt makes a horrible master. It puts marriages in peril. It threatens the security of the family. The strain of debt can lead to substance abuse and all the problems associated with it.
As believers, we can expect to be attacked by those ‘outside the church.’ We need to do everything possible to make sure that our homes are not under attack from the inside due to our unbiblical decisions.
If you would like to seek some redemptive solutions and advice for debt reduction, please know that any of our pastoral staff would love to meet with you. With God’s help, there is a way out.
Blessings, Dr. Joe