I want to preface this post by saying something about these questions I’m throwing out while we’re in the Christmas busyness.
As with the question about educational items and gift giving, there is no way for me to address all of the finer points of these topics as I throw the question out. Sometimes I wonder if throwing these kinds of questions out makes me look dumb because I put them out there for discussion rather than writing a post and offering five points why I think “this” is the answer.
The truth is I really like to discuss ideas and hear how other people think about various issues and topics. So if I seem vague or uninformed, that isn’t always the case. It also isn’t the case that I don’t have strong convictions about a particular topic. I might have a strong opinion about something but keep it to myself for the sake of discussion. And other times I am just ruminating on some topic as I get a few spare minutes to think but I haven’t thought it all out.
So here is what I’ve been thinking about lately.
Has being debt-free and frugal become an idol in certain segments of the church? Or has it become a mark of holiness or status symbol by which Christians are measured? Does the Western church place an unhealthy emphasis on being debt-free and financially secure? How should Christians respond to brothers and sisters in Christ who struggle financially?
If the economy continues as it has been, there are going to be many, many Christians who suffer financially. Many will suffer through no fault of their own. How should the church respond? How should we respond personally if we end up in dire financial straits because we are living in this country at this time?
I would be interested to hear how people are thinking biblically about finances, debt and faith these days.