I was thinking this morning about debt. When we say the Lord’s Prayer at my church one line is, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” This is not really talking about financial issues, although I suppose it is not excluding those, but about our sins.
New rules for credt card companies came in as a response to the financial crisis of a couple of years ago. Credit card companies are now required to give two new pieces of information on each statement; the date at which your debt will be paid off if you pay minimum payments, and the date if you pay a larger percentage. This can be a pretty scary thing at which to look, almost scary enough to lead us to start using cash!
What if that same rule were applied to our other debts, those of hurtful words, broken promises, and myriad other sins? What would that statement have to say?
New Balance Total………………. 40 years of sin
Current Payment Due……………. 1 month of good works
Total Minimum Payment Due……1 month of good works
Minimum Payment Due Date…… Next Sunday
Minimum Payment Warning: If you make only the
minimum payment each period, you will pay more in
interest and it will take you longer to pay off your balance.
If you make no additional You will pay off the
charges using this card balance shown on this
and each month you pay statement in about.
by the due date.
Only the minimum payment 100 Years, 6 Months