Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century here in the USA. The ripple effect from open crime of slavery that existed has never stopped “rippling.” There is an effect from every cause, a reaping of the seed that is sown, and this nation, though many feel that the loss of 600,000 plus individuals in the civil war paid the price for the sin, some still remained enslaved by bitterness and resentments from that dark time in history. They cannot be free from the anguish suffered by their ancestors at the hands of slave owners and slave traders, to which some would say, “why not forgive and forget?” We cannot identify, having never experienced the horrors of being ripped out of your home, and placed among strangers that regard you as one of their farm animals. This is hard to forget, harder to forgive, but with God all things are possible.
There is a slavery that disregards race, gender, heritage, or privilege. This slavery is not physical slavery, chains placed on our hands and feet. This slavery effects senators, representatives, CEO’s, homeless, middle-class, the poor and the rich. This slavery is voluntary, and driven by desire for more, from trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” so to speak. This slavery is indebtedness. Statistics show that 45% of Americans are literally bankrupt, and could not survive financially for two weeks without a paycheck. 72% of Americans could not go 90 days without pay. We are driven by the temptations of “Madison avenue” ads and the “latest” in fashion. The whole of society makes this point clear, if you want to be accepted, you must have the latest. The anguish felt by families and individuals from the weight of debt, may never compare to the physical slavery suffered in the past, nonetheless it is real, and drives people to do crimes, and in some extremes…end their lives.
“The rich rules over the poor; and the borrower is a servant to the lender.” Prov.22:7
The message is, and has been over the past few years is, get out of debt! that is easier said than done, but with God all things are possible. Our only hope is His help, but He will only help the one who is willing to change, it seems. It is prayer, rejecting what the gang says is “in,” and the willingness to do whatever it takes to be free of this new slavery. The desire to no longer have to have the best, or as much as my neighbor, the determination to say no to our personal wants are the steps to freedom out of the deep mire of heavy debt.
There is something terribly wrong when a couple making well above a six-figure income combined is being choked to death from indebtedness. And to think that you cannot give to important charities, and worthwhile projects, though you make good money is sad. It is for us all to make the decision to say no, to skip over the so-called “great deals” that can start the steps to freedom from this slavery. It comes down to being a good steward over the things God has given us. It all belongs to Him ultimately, He lets us have the opportunity to have even more when we show ourselves faithful over what we have now. Ask His help now, and be determined to be emancipated from this slavery once and for all. And one last thing. Pray for those enslaved physically in the world today. There are reportedly 27 million slaves in this world, more slaves than anytime in history. We don’t see that because we aren’t looking or are too worried about our personal problems, like heavy debt. And even though slavery was abolished in this country over a hundred years ago, the wounds still need to be healed. God can heal us.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!