V RaptureChrist Newsletter
Is it correct to file bankruptcy when you have a job and are making lots of money? There are many people in America that fall in that category. Many of these people have a mountain of credit card debt, and they have been able to renegotiate the terms with the bank. By making a partial payment they have the debt taken off the books.
Is this honest? Could a Christian person reason out in his/her mind that this is ok with God? This and some other similar concepts are the topic of this month's newsletter. We hope Christians look deeply into what is right and what is wrong.
Let me give you another example. There are people living in houses that do not pay mortgage although they make enough income. For example, I know a case of a nurse making $50,000 or more per year. She can afford to pay; however, she made the conscious decision to not pay and lives in her house knowing it will be years before the bank forecloses on her home and she is forced to move on. She reasons out: "I will be saving a lot of money by not paying my mortgage, and when I am finally evicted I will just buy another home. The banks will sell me another house because everyone's credit is bad." Is this ok with God?
Third example -- student loans. Is it right for a student to take out a loan knowing he/she will not work in that field, just because it is easy money to live on while they are going to school?
We need to look carefully at ourselves -- at the reasons behind our decisions. Is it something Jesus would do?
Fourth example -- There are many companies that have workers who steal supplies. At first it is a corporate pen, then a few pieces of paper, then it escalates to company equipment. Stealing company money comes later on. I know one company where an employee was throwing products into a garbage can. He was caught by a security camera. His plan was to later on grab the products from the dumpster and sell them on Ebay. As a result of theft, many companies go bankrupt due to loss of money.
Most people growl when companies close and leave to other countries, but one reason is crime. Not only do you have lower wages in other nations, but you also have less crime. This factor is one the news media will often ignore.
So the question is, what is the reason for not paying debts incurred? Should we buy things and put it in the credit card without giving it a second thought? What will our country be like when no one is trust worthy, when no one keeps his word anymore? Let us do as Jesus said:
tells us that our care should be for the kingdom of God, not for the
things of this world.
2 Cor. 12:14
1 Timothy 5:8
We must look intently into the word of God. We need to seek God's advice in reference to our finances, because the love for money, power, or the things money can buy comes from the evil one.
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