Last week was not a banner week for Christians in the media. Unbelievers were calling out the mean-spirited, envious, judgmental posts by Christians about Biden’s plan to ‘forgive’ student loans.
Even if what Biden is doing is unconstitutional and fiscally wrong, it made my heart sad to see self-righteous and unmerciful sentiments posted by people I know to be Christians.
A couple of cringey examples below.
I know Jesus was not happy with his church. Meanwhile the data analysts are keeping track of everything that is said on social media. They LOVE it when the public is divided!
I knew this was not going to be good even before the negative posts about Christians started. I needed time to process just exactly what was wrong about those posts, but it finally came to me. These people were acting like Pharisees and the world was going to know it.
They were saying things like “I paid my loans, why should I have to pay yours?” and “I shouldn’t have to pay for your bad decisions or irresponsible life choices.”. While this may be true in principle, this is not showing love or grace!
Here are several truths:
- Our government is paying out billions to private, for-profit companies for climate-related business development.
- Multiple industries are subsidized by our tax dollars including public schools, healthcare, oil and gas and other energy-related businesses, farming, highways and bridges, and communication.
- Our government sent billions to Ukraine and we have no idea what is actually happening there or what is going on behind closed doors.
- Note: This does not apply to most student loans since 2010 . Our government set up the student loan program that guarantees BANKS will get paid, and allows BANKS to keep charging daily compound interest FOREVER! There is no limit and your paycheck and government checks including Social Security can be garnished if you are in default.
- Our government basically works for the banking system.
- People who default are usually having serious financial difficulties. No one wants to be in default. This means that people who can least afford it are having some of their meager income taken to pay BANKS compound interest.
It’s not surprising when unbelievers act in envious and judgmental ways when someone gets an undeserved break from a debt. But Christians should not be like this.
The real solution is to put a limit on how much interest banks can charge on student loans, forgive the ones that are over 20 years old, and stop giving loans to students who are not taking courses towards a degree that actually has jobs available.
The student loan industry was supposed to help more people be able to go to college so they can get better-paying jobs. Instead it became a very profitable business for banks.
Let’s look at a Bible story about mercy before we go.
The Woman Caught in Adultery
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2Early in the morning He went back into the temple courts.a All the people came to Him, and He sat down to teach them. 3The scribes and Pharisees, however, brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before them 4and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?”
6They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.
9When they heard this,b they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until only Jesus was left, with the woman standing there. 10Then Jesus straightened upc and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers?d Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, Lord,” she answered.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”John 8 Berean Study Bible
I know that there are many issues going on here, but the important thing is not to bring dishonor to God. We have to be so careful in these last times when people are leaving the church in droves.