About Jesus Steve Sweetman
June 14, 2011. "But Mr.
McGuire, you've maxed out your Visa card, Master card, American Express
card, and your Sears card. You've
got a mortgage, a secured line of credit on your house, and now you want
me to raise your credit limit on your unsecured line of credit"?
don't understand", replies the mortgage manager as she jots down a
few numbers on a note pad.
simple Miss Babcock. I need
my credit limit raised in case I need money to pay the interest on my
debt", John replies as he nervously clears his throat.
about the principle"? asks
I can't pay that.
I can only pay the interest", responds John.
"Maybe someday I'll win the lottery and then I can pay the
waiting for a miracle John"?
that moment, Bruce Cockburn's hit song "Waiting For A Miracle"
flashes through John's head. "I
could sure use that miracle now Bruce", he thinks to himself.
heads home in hopes of having his credit limit raised.
With coffee in hand, he sits down at his computer, types
"Washington Post" into Google, and up comes the latest
headlines at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/
the room John hears a CNN commentator addressing Bernanke's statement."
That sounds like me", John says.
"I'm not the only one with frustrating finances.
It appears we're all in the same sinking ship".
CNN commentator went on to say that every day that passes, the American
dollar loses value.
CNN commentator admits that borrowing and printing more money isn't the
long term solution. It would
only make things worse in the long run, but in the short run, it might
provide time to fix
"That's bad news".
to hear some good news, John turns the channel to a Canadian TV network.
A reporter stands
in front of the Canadian Parliament building.
"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warns the U.S.
Congress that if they don't fix their debt problem, the
throws the remote down on the couch in disgust. "Isn't there any
good news these days"? Just
then he notices his wife's Bible on the coffee table.
It's open to Matthew 6:12. He
reads, "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors".
me a break", John yells out as he throws the Bible down besides the
remote. "I've had
enough of this debt business. Why
is the word "debt" in the Lord's prayer anyway"?
answer to John's question is relevant in today's world. The
Greek word translated as "debt" in the KJV, NIV, and other
translations, is the word "opheilema".
It simply means, "something that someone owes to someone
is used in a number of New Testament passages.
In Matthew 18:2 it's used in connection with financial debt.
In Romans 13:7 it's used in respect to money, taxes, respect, and
honor. In 1 Corinthians 7:3
it's used in respect to husbands and wives fulfilling their sexual
"duty" (NIV) to each other.
"Opheilema" is associated with more than just money.
Matthew 6:12, Jesus associates "opheilema", or
"debt", with sin. I
find that interesting. When we sin, we become a debtor to the one we sin
against, and ultimately, all sin is directed against God, making us in
debt to Him. Thanks to
Jesus, He has purchased our debt, freeing us from spiritual bankruptcy.
Biblical terms, excessive and unmanageable financial debt is sin, as I
believe Matthew 6:12 implies, and sin leads to death, as Paul says in
Romans 6:23. When we view
financial debt in terms of sin and death, debt takes on a new meaning.
The more debt we have, the more of a stranglehold it has around
our necks. Unmanageable debt
will sooner or later suffocate both an individual and a nation.
Nations are presently on the doorstep of death with soaring debt.
Sweat is dripping from our national foreheads.
The stench from our national armpits is beginning to stink the
gates of heaven. We cough.
We spit. We gag, and we
choke. We're about to fall
on our financial faces under the weight of this
overwhelming debt. Who
will bail us out this time?
book of Revelation predicts the collapse of our world economy and the
rise of a popular leader who will revive us from financial heart
failure. As we see him on
the horizon, our national leaders will clamor and claw their way to him,
begging him for access into his new world order.
This too will come to a fatal fall as Revelation 18;2 and 17
states, "Fallen is Babylon
the Great! In one hour such
great wealth has been brought to ruin".
evangelical vigor, the west has exported its Hedonistic lifestyle
throughout the world. This
has created unmanageable debt in every nation who has bought into this
way of life. If debt is sin, and if sin leads to death, debt will due us
in. It's that simple.
(Jesus) who testifies to these things says, 'yes, I am coming soon'.
'Amen. Come Lord
Jesus'". (Revelation 22:20 )