The Emmaus Journal
Credit Card Tithes
With our Nation now in debt well over $6,567,808,412,367.78 (and growing daily), each family has statistically averaged a Credit Card debt of over $8,000. Unfortunately, these horrendous figures are ever increasing as has the economic inflation rate. Even the very States we live in are currently managing their financial records well into the red zone. From city to city this ever increasing deficit plagues our population and seems to be unstoppable. Too often we witness large business sectors partaking of the 'Chapter 9 or Chapter 11' syndrome. The amount of personal bankruptcy notices have hit an unprecedented high across our Nation as well.
With all these well know numbers, the Credit Card industry is still blithely encouraging more and more borrowed spending, fanning out its venture through whatever means it can. Hardly a day can pass without a Credit Card advertisement grating the sensory perceptions or a pre-authorized Credit Card appearing in a mailbox, or even a Credit Card being used somewhere at sometime within our grandiose populace. It has become a major phenomenon of uncontrolled, yet highly controlled, usury that has infiltrated the psyche of the American social and economic lifestyles.
Even all the multi Christian Business establishments have to contend with the Credit Industry which plays a major factor in providing everyday business procedures. Our so called separation of church and state does not protect our Church business systems from being effected by this national plague either. It has literally snaked its way into the functioning protocols of almost every Church. We as members are now afforded the luxurious choice of allowing our tithes to be collected through a major Credit Card Company, and be good stewards at the same time.
For whatever the reasons most Christians have opted to blindly follow this cascade of Credit Card usury. Allowing the mega Banking systems involved in the Credit Card plethora to surreptitiously tag each man, woman, and child with a human commodity value. People are thus valued as a potential market commodity, pre-rated for the expanse of the Banking industries coffers. Loan rates are raised or lowered according to the bemusing set of rules that only the few are privy to.
This nonpartisan blindness has extended into the unconscious habits within Christianity. Taking the world's corrupted systems, of which we were once so much a part of, but now have inertly subjugated these worldly systems into our own Christian dictums. The pollution of the world's system have thus crept into our Churches and have brought about an irresponsible mindless consensus of support, even in areas of our stewardship.
Is it possible to do business without the dictates of the world and its polarizing effects, even within the Christian community? Where does our conformity end in this world and where does our conformity begin with Christ? Is our Christian accountably only to ourselves in such spiritual matters? Or do we continue on in blind faith irregardless of the significance that our choices and actions might promote? Perhaps we have been so brainwashed and desensitized from the world's constant oppressions that we cannot see that we are the very ones who have brought the corruption of the world right back into our own Churches.
If a solution is called for, it can only come from a godly realization that we cannot afford to do business like the world does. No matter how innocent it may appear to be, we cannot blatantly accept such worldly systems without a through examination of its effect upon us as Christians! Irrational as this propounds, especially in the 21st century, Christians must start to access the value of their money according to a righteous standard; which supersedes the weights and balances of our currency standards set forth by this world. Yes, even in our so called tithes. May our Lord truly grant each of us the Godly wisdom and discernment we so desperately need to live effectively within this world in such perilous times as this.
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