Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Meditation: The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Prov 22:7: The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7 is direct and self explanatory. Whether we are living in 8th century B.C. Judea or in modern America, the lender will most likely charge interest or demand some sort of compensation. If we borrow something, we are now subject to the will of the lender and are forced to comply with their terms.

Every time we pay interest, we are WORKING for the lender - in effect becoming their slave. We must work just to support that debt. Not only has the lender become the master in this regard, he/she is becoming wealthier at the same time.

This is one important way that the rich become richer, and the poor become poorer. (See Matthew 25:29 - "For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.")

The "rich" put money to work for themselves in the form of lending and investments. They earn money from their loans, just as Jesus encourages in the parable of the talents. (Matthew 25:14 - 30 ) The "rich" are masters of their money, not servants to it, as it works and multiplies for them.

Those that are "poor" not only fail to make money work for them (lend/invest), but they are losing money/net-worth by paying out interest. One borrows when they want to spend more than they actually have. The price, according to Proverbs, is servitude.

The rich, who are wise with their earnings, just keep getting richer as they continually master their use of money. -God and Mammon\

  •  Indebtedness has become a way of life for our nation and society.  Our nation’s leaders have sold out our future by funding welfare programs that rob the middle class to support a whole generation who have no concept of work and self-discipline.  With our national debt approaching $18 trillion, it is only a matter of time before we face the awful reality of run-away inflation and our new status as a slave-nation to the whims of our lender—Communist China. [Heart of s Shepherd]