Every year, more people declare bankruptcy than graduate from college.
Proverbs 22:7 says, "The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender." If we are truly servants to Jesus Christ, how can we stay in debt? What typically happens is, we get married as DINKs (double income, no kids), we buy our cars, we buy the house, we buy the furniture and then....she gets pregnant. "How are we going to do this?" The knife in back of this generation the fact that other people raise our children because wive's have to work to pay off debt. How can we possibly be a nation that glorifies God? We've traded off raising the next generation because we made stupid decisions in our youth. This robs God of His glory. Don't trade your kids and your future for the present.
Johnson read an article online called "Moms' New Battle: The Food Price Bulge." In there is a quote from a mother who says, "We are a typical middle income family. If we did not carry foolish debt, we would be okay. But with our debt burden combined with paying for two children in daycare, there's nothing left over at the end of the month." This sums up the life of so many people! Another 20 something girl says, "It is a life which is insult to injury. I want to get married and I want to have a family. But what if I want to have a child and take time off while he's an infant. Will I be able to do that with all this debt that I have to make payments on?" Do we really want to be the guy driving a fancy car with thousands of dollars we owe on it and have to work instead of raising our kids? Eventually, we even have to pay someone to take care of them! Where do we draw the line? If this whole world is about glorifying God, where do we stop?!?
Deuteronomy 28 talks about the curses listed out in the Bible if you don't do what God tells us to do. It talks about the curse of the "foreigner" who lends to us. The foreigner becomes the dog and we become the tail. "If you're wise, fine. But if you're not you will be the place where poop comes out." How many of us feel like our life is in the tail? Some of us are living this "tail life" because we haven't chosen to stay out of debt and to emphatically glorify the name of God. Why is the whole debt thing bad? It keeps you chained up to money. Most of us have desire to give. We want to bless people but we can't. Be free from debt so you can live for God. What if God called you tonight and wanted you to go to Germany for missions? Could you go? What about next month? Next year? Next ten years? Could you?
We have to get out of debt to go, to live and to give. The government, right now, is outgiving the church. This is wrong. We are called to be the light in the darkness, not the government! We want to be a people who can show the world that God loves them.
Johnson is 28. If by some miracle, he makes it to be 80 or 90, that means he has 60 or so years left. What happens after that? He's dead!! "But what if I want a big TV?" What if we started spending our lives today on things that glorify God? How can we start making money a "God thing"? Get out of debt to give to a kid, to take someone out to lunch to tell them about Christ, to give to the struggling mom or to bless someone. It is not about you. It's about God. Let's be these people. How do we do this? Next week, Johnson talks about this.