Last week, my good friend and colleague, Glenn Bertsch, wrote that as Conservative Christians, we should be in favor of raising the debt ceiling. His main reason for this was that we had a moral obligation to keep funding entitlement programs like Social Security and Welfare.
I respectfully disagree. I do not think we have a moral obligation to fund these programs. Don’t raise the debt ceiling. I think it’s time to take the easy money away from the Federal Government – which spends money faster than drunken sailors on shore leave – and put our nation back on the road to prosperity. Here’s why.
Proverbs 22:7 says that the “borrower is the slave to the lender.” And ain’t that the truth! We owe trillions of dollars to China, a corrupt, evil, despotic regime. Credit rating agencies are threatening to take away our AAA rating, which will mean that we will have to pay even more money in interest. There is serious concern that we couldn’t even fight a war in the next ten years because of our nation’s money woes. And just as scripture teachers, our nation is a slave because we borrow. The 14.3 trillion dollars that we are in debt is weighing down our nation. Kids not yet born will be saddled with their parents’ and grandparents’ debt. And why is our nation in debt?
It’s not because of military spending. After all, protecting the nation is one of the few things that the Federal Government IS authorized to do under the Constitution! No, we’re in debt mainly because of entitlement programs.
Social Security, the Federal Government’s promise to give elderly people a free retirement, was created in 1935 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his fellow leftist Democrats in Congress. What business did the Federal Government have in taking care of the elderly? And furthermore, what business does the Federal Government have in taking care of the poor, the sick, the weak?
Glenn thinks that the Federal Government should take care of these people because it was promised back in 1935. I disagree. The Federal Government is taking my hard earned money – and borrowing trillions more – so that people don’t suffer. But don’t people see what is happening? Our nation is becoming a slave. Our nation is on its way to bankruptcy. Our nation is facing an inability to field a strong military to protect us. Because of our Federal Government’s misguided attempts to play god and protect people from poverty and illness, our entire nation is facing destruction and ruin.
It’s time to say enough is enough. It’s time to say no more raising the debt ceiling. It’s time to tell seniors on Social Security that we’ll pay what we can, but the money isn’t there right now. It’s time to say that God is our hope, not the Federal Government. It’s time to say that the United States of America will no longer be a slave. It’s time to stop borrowing, pay what we can, and just cut the size of the government.
Glenn is right. This is a moral issue. But the moral issue is that the Federal Government should NEVER have promised to play god back in 1935. The Federal Government has to be honest and admit that it was wrong, and that it cannot keep taking money from hard working people through taxes and redistributing it (once upon a time, we called that “socialism and “communism.”) The Federal Government has to live within its means.
But there’s one more thing to this equation. The Church – individual Christians around the nation – need to stand up and look out for the poor, the sick, and the elderly. Jesus did say in Matthew 26:11 that “you will always have the poor with you,” but He also commanded us as Christians (He DIDN’T give this command to government!) “to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
So, don’t raise the debt ceiling. Stop the entitlement programs. But ordinary American men women and children must reach out to our fellow citizens in Christian love and charity and provide the care and gospel message to the hurting that the Federal Government will never be able to provide.
By Will Estrada