|The Consequences of Borrowing|
Our nation has gradually turned from a cash economy to an all-consuming debt economy, beginning first with financing of
the home, then the car, the refrigerator, consumer goods, luxuries, and even pleasures.
The average American owes in
excess of $4,000 in installment credit (not counting home mortgages). Many families pay more than $1,000 per year on installment
Signs of too much debt:
- One credit card is used to pay another.
- One bill is delayed so an overdue bill can be paid.
- Paying only the minimum amount due on charge accounts.
- Getting a new loan or extension to pay your debt.
- Using credit card cash advances to pay living expenses.
- Using savings to pay bills.
- Depending on overtime to make ends meet each month.
Consequences of borrowing:
- Borrowing consumes resources through interest payments. The price of your purchase increases when you have to make
interest payments. The cost is higher than most can imagine. Often you are still making payments after the item you purchased
has depreciated, broken, or become outdated.
- Borrowing denigrates the Lord's reputation. It says to the world: God is not supplying all my needs; therefore,
I have to make up the slack by borrowing. “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and
the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Mal. 3:18).
- Borrowing removes the barriers to harmful things. God may be protecting you from harmful things by not providing
the money. If you borrow to get them anyway, you in effect are circumventing the Lord's wisdom. “Ye
ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it
upon your lusts.” (James 4:3).
- Borrowing fosters impulse buying. This occurs when decisions are based solely upon the whim of the moment rather
than prayerfully considering the decision. “but of every one that
is hasty only to want.” (Prov. 21:5).
- Borrowing interferes with God's provision. God has promised to meet the needs of His children. He wants you to
put your trust and faith in Him, rather than in a line of credit. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout
the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
- Borrowing represses creativity. There may be an alternate means to obtain the needed item which you have not yet
explored or acted upon.
- Borrowing presumes upon the future. Not knowing what the future will hold, you obligate yourself to making payments.
- Borrowing is not the Lord's best. “If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy
God...The stranger that is within thee shall
get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt
not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 43, 44).
Debt is symptomatic of the real problem. Debt itself is not a sin, but the Bible discourages the use of debt. The underlying
root problem is usually greed, impatience, lack of self-discipline, or poor self-image. Once you know the real cause, getting
out of debt becomes easier.