Even the Devil . . .

Until recently, few people probably woke up each morning thinking abut the national debt. No, they were — and still are — thinking about their own personal debt in the shower in the morning.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:7-9

Let’s talk about that personal debt. What debts do you owe your family? How do you treat them? Is your credit score with your family at least as high as the one assigned by credit reporting agencies? And remember that these debts are not merely monetary — they are physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and others. Including, especially, compassion for your family.

One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty. Proverbs 22:15-17

Taking help yet denying others help must cause a great amount of cognitive turmoil, and even more guilt and questioning of personal ethics and morals. Or maybe it doesn’t. Many who would deny others help have no problem taking it when needed or, worse and more often“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” – Stephen Colbert, wanted.

The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. 1 Samuel 2:6-8

But when it comes to other “takers,” they are less (for)giving. Others’ economic difficulties? They must be of their own making, those damn shiftless, immoral, unambitious [insert racial, classist or other slur here].

Those who believe the above sentence true (though they recoil and believe themselves exempt from the bracketed part), should never take help.

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

If you believe so many others are takers, don’t take from others — anyone, ever — including family.

[H]onor your father and mother[.] Matthew 19:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20

Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. Ezekiel 44:7-9

If you can’t honestly justify the way you treat your family and why you yourself are more deserving of ease and freedom from familial responsibility than your sister or brother, daughter or son, mother or father, don’t ever talk to me about the national debt.

I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. Isaiah 13:11

Remember, fools: He or she who dies with the most money and/or toys still dies.

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