Tom Hoopes makes the point today that we will often put ourselves in debt for material things, but no one takes out a loan to donate to the poor:
We like to think we know where our heart is. We love God, Church, family and country. But our bank accounts and credit card statement tells a different story; a truer story. Our debt says we love home décor, video games and data plans. It says we love new clothes, new gizmos and restaurant food. Like the bad rich man who stored his grain in barns, we love to eat, drink and be merry. After all, we would never go into debt for God or the Church. We would consider it irresponsible or even immoral to borrow money to tithe. We wouldn’t go into debt to give to charity. That would feel like we were stealing from our families to pay strangers. But we don’t hesitate to go into debt for entertainment, fashion and impressing our neighbors.
As Christians, we are called to give up our worldly possessions and follow Christ, but each new incarnation of the iPhone seems to make this harder. What do you think?