I think our society is sick…really, truly, stuck in the ICU for societies. And possibly it’s nowhere more clearly seen than at a car dealership. This might seem strange, after I wrote about how I didn’t think gay marriage was the biggest deal around, but stay with me here and I hope it will make sense.
We were coming home last night and passed a Toyota dealership, which had a electronic billboard flashing offers in front. The sign read “Foreclosure? Bad credit? We can help, ask for ____”. Now that may not seem like the worst thing in the world but let’s follow the logic and translate what it is really saying: “Are you one of the people who’s proven that they cannot pay for things, cannot resist buying more than you can afford, cannot keep up regular payments? Well, we will allow you to run up much more debt and just charge you a ridiculous amount of interest!” Does that make sense? No, not if you’re thinking to yourself that this company is really trying to help (as they say they are); but it does make sense if this company is really trying to take advantage of the weak in society. The Bible is very clear about how important it is to God to use “honest scales” – in other words, don’t try to cheat people by using unfair business practices. “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst.” Exodus 22:13 (NKJV) Also God made it even illegal for Jews to charge “usury” (interest) on a loan to fellow Jews (but not to Gentiles, a reason for other Europeans disliking their Jewish money lenders throughout the Middle Ages). “To a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you shall not charge interest, that the LORD your God may bless you in all to which you set your hand in the land which you are entering to possess.” (Deuteronomy 23:19,20) “If he has exacted usury Or taken increase — Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.” (Ezekiel 18:13) Is charging the weak (bad credit people) much higher interest cheating? I think so. Yet our entire society is built upon credit – usury. From buying a car to buying a house, it has become the norm for a person to own a small portion of something and for the bank to own the rest. People get excited if they receive a credit card offer that _only_ charges them 10%! Doesn’t all this seem like a bad idea? Why yes, yes it does, especially when the house of cards eventually falls down…and just printing more money will not stop cards, or society, from following the laws of nature. A thing falls if its supports are removed.
I wonder, if the only cars that were allowed to drive on the road were ones that had no money owed on them, how many would there be? If the only houses allowed to stand were ones that the bank didn’t hold a lien on, how many would immediately collapse? Something to think about….