LIVING WITH DEBT
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT - FREE FROM THE
CHAINS OF DEBT
This paper is designed
Consider what Debt is
Reflect on circumstances
when Debt causes problems
Consider how to deal with
Debt in our own lives
Consider how to help
other individuals and our society deal with Debt
And so be more ready and
able to be good stewards of God's creation and help others to do so with a view
to helping to bring about God's Kingdom on earth.
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:25)
St Paul in his "gentle" way reminds us that we need
to "walk the walk" not just "talk the talk".
One of the greatest evils of our time is the extent
to which we have let Debt rule our lives, and in some cases ruin them.
Concentrating on practical examples in a personal,
corporate and church context this paper looks at Biblical precedent, Church
teaching and contemporary practices regarding borrowing and lending.
We can seek the spiritual fruits of "love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness and self-control" in our
financial affairs and help others to do so.
"Forgive us our debts as we have
forgiven those who are in debt to us"
Why did Jesus say "debt" rather than "sin"?