Our world will be much different after the pandemic … and hopefully, people will have learned some valuable lessons.
For instance, it’s so sad to see people being evicted from their homes because they’ve lost their jobs and can’t afford to pay rent or mortgage. The main reason why many can’t pay their monthly bills is because they’ve been living in debt paycheck to paycheck … because they didn’t manage their finances properly and are now in trouble.
People have demanded to know why, in during our present crisis situation, landlords wouldn’t “forgive” the rent and allow people to remain in their homes until the pandemic is over, and people can once again find work, begin to earn money again, and THEN resume paying rent - and of course, paying the back-rent….
The problem is that the landlords are ALSO in debt. They must collect rent because THEY, TOO, are in debt! Why? Because, instead of paying cash for the properties they are using as rentals, they also borrowed the money, and have mortgage(s) – and the banks they owe money to, aren’t going to forgive them THEIR debts, because that’s not how banks operate!
America has been running on CREDIT for many decades now BECAUSE of easy access to credit that allow one to "buy now and pay later" (with only the rare person recognizing the consequences!) It's a dilemma that is specifically mentioned in Scripture as something God’s people are NOT to do!
Proverbs 21:20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. (ESV)
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (CJB)
Luke 14:28. For who among you who desires to build a tower and does not first sit down and thinks about its cost, if he has enough to complete it? 29. Or else, when he lay the foundation and is not able to finish it, all who see will be mocking him. 30. And they will say that this man began to build and was not able to finish it. (AENT)
In addition to the unexpected virus, America is experiencing a pandemic of over-use of credit and consequently, MOST are in DEBT up to their eyeballs!
There are many more scriptures like these, but this one lays it on the line:
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)
I'm hoping this dual pandemic will serve as a wake-up call for many who have been over-spending for years, thanks to their handy-dandy credit cards; and, as a result, they have no savings whatsoever - not even enough to get them through just a few months, or even weeks, of unemployment....
How very, very sad!
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all evil; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains. (CJB)