Meridian Star

October 12, 2013

From the Shepherd’s Heart

By Dr. John A. Temple / guest columnist
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” — Romans 13:8

This week, we have watched our government at work! Two economic philosophies compete while the nation stands on the sidelines, cheering for whatever view is to their own advantage. Many differences can be made between opposing sides. To me, it seems the most significant difference is whether our focus is on the present or the future.

     Those who focus on the present, focus on the benefits coming their way. All must admit we vote for the politician who is going to help us the most and give us something. I have seen in Mississippi that over half the population receives some kind of government assistance. Others are hoping the politicians will lower taxes.     Throughout our culture, there is a spirit of entitlement - thinking we deserve to get something for nothing.

    Those who focus on the future, focus on the increased costs of spending exceeding what we receive in revenue. Like private credit, we assume we can throw the plastic on the counter and not pay for what we are receiving. The only problem is that the bill comes to the house sooner or later.

    Many families are strapped with yesterday’s spending and can’t afford to live now on what they make. Our nation is in the same boat.

    To raise the debt limit is to pay off one line of credit by opening another credit line. Nothing is paid, and the costs are increased as the time is lengthened without the bill paid. It concerns me that the largest creditor we owe is China. Is it possible to conquer a nation economically?

    Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” When we owe another, they own a piece of us. If we owe enough, they own all of us.

    The other day, I watched wise debt management in the grocery. A lady put back on the shelf what she couldn’t afford. She counted her money and bought that much. That lady might need to be sent to Washington as a consultant. It is obvious someone with common sense needs to be in Washington.

    Life teaches that we can’t keep charging without paying. Sooner or later, the creditor is at the door!

    Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.