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A recent survey shows that Christians are split on question of indebtedness. Evangelicals tend to view indebtedness and borrowing as a sin. Their biblical foundation comes from various passages that say “Let no debt remain outstanding…” The Christian Left takes a different position. They focus on the other end of the same verse: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” So which group is reading their Bible correctly? This from the Daily Beast:

A break-out of their priorities provided to the magazine Christianity Today by Pew shows that, more than other Americans, evangelicals are prepared to cut deeply and forcefully when chopping the deficit. They want the government to slash aid to the world’s poor and benefits to the unemployed. They’d cut spending on environmental issues and health care, as well as on science, college financial aid, and support for the domestic poor. They are less likely than other Americans to want the government to increase spending on public education, or—surprisingly, given their support for the nation’s wars—aid to veterans. And evangelicals’ social justice priorities, on display during the last election season, have faded in an era of hard times.

But the tenets of Christianity pull some of these same evangelicals in the other direction. Earlier this month, when Republicans announced their domestic budget cuts, which focused on things like education and the environment, the left-leaning evangelical Jim Wallis fought back in a blog post using Biblical arguments. “I believe,” he wrote, “that the moral test of any society is how it treats its poorest and most vulnerable citizens. And that is exactly what the Bible says, over and over again.”


One Comment

  1. There is this problem called MATH. While evangelicals can be and are split of indebtedness. I doubt if they are split on the idea of MATH. Eventually the laws of math and the laws of economics come together.

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