I sometimes get a little concerned when I see good Christian people speak as if the only moral matters that we must hold our elected official’s feet to the fire over are things such as abortion and gay marriage. While it is true that we as Christians have a moral obligation to make sure that our voice is correctly heard on these matters, I don’t understand why the ramifications of fiscal decisions in Congress are often frowned upon but left out of the moral argument. For example, how many times did you hear a Christian say in 2012, “We have to make sure we vote our morals! No more abortion and no gay marriage!” I’m mostly on board with that. I say mostly because though I oppose the homosexual lifestyle (just as I oppose a heterosexual hedonistic lifestyle) I don’t believe that the job of the federal government is to regulate marriage. But that’s another topic for another day.
Now in contrast, how many times did you hear a Christian say in 2012, “We have to make sure we vote our morals! Spending deficits and tax increases are out of control!” Imagine the funny looks and whispers you would get from many Christians for saying that.
One of the reasons that Christians would struggle with the latter comment is because we often like to decide for God what is most important. “God cares about the slaughter of the unborn and traditional family values,” we say. Well, of course he does, but do you serve a God that cares about those things but does not care about your finances? Do you serve a God that puts a moral rating of about 9.9 on abortion and homosexual marriage, but only gives fiscal matters about a 2.3? I cringe to think about the moral rating that many Christians believe that God gives the “War on Terror” but I need not stray too far off topic here. I would doubt that a Just God is a big fan of the unjust searches and seizures and government practices that occur on a daily basis here in America, all in the name of “protection.” But the moral rating for the “War on Terror” ~ through the roof! We must vote our morals!
I’m straying….must get back on topic!
I want to give a few quick reasons why fiscal decisions in Congress morally matter, and why we must be just as concerned about them as any other moral decisions that are made.
1. God commands us to work
Genesis 2:15 says, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.” Work was a creation ordinance handed down by God to man.
Furthermore the Bible also says in II Thessalonians 3:10-11, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any should not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.”
God expects a man/woman who is able to provide for his/her family by working. The more irresponsible fiscal decisions that are made in Congress, the more difficult it becomes for some to carry out this mandate. When unemployment rises, people lose their jobs, and often times they are unable to find work to provide for their families. As a result, the government has created a welfare state in which people become dependent upon the State to provide for them. As more and more people become dependent upon the State, the greater the shift of power tilts in favor of the State, which is exactly what they want in the first place. Churches have failed to step up in place of the State to help the poor, and henceforth the local church is failing to carry out part of their mandate to provide for the needy. Are you seeing the moral dilemma in all of this yet? Now certainly we cannot blame all of this on the government, but as a result of their poor fiscal policies, and local churches failing to do their part, the issue of fiscal responsibility becomes every bit as moral as so many of the fundamental favorites.
2. God commands us to give
I am not going to take the time to list all of the Scripture verses that talk about a Christian giving to the local church, along with helping the poor. Yet, did you know that there is much chatter that Congress is going to cap charitable contributions in the near future? Slice it any way that you want to, but this will hurt giving. Again, I’m not saying this is all the fault of Congress, but when they make it so difficult on people, the trickle down effect looms large. I guess the argument could be made as to whether or not Christians should even write off their yearly givings to the church, and if it really keeps them from giving, were they giving for the right reasons in the first place? While that is a fair argument, the fact of the matter is that this type of cap (which was pushed by Romney and now Boehner) is immoral if not for the simple fact that if Congress would actually cut some of their foolish spending programs this cap wouldn’t be necessary in the first place. Yet how dare we mention that Congress is fiscally irresponsible? Oh that more would say so, and actually consider a moral matter!
3. Jesus loves the little children
You know the song well, and you believe it. You also love your kids. Yet at the rate at which Congress continues to raise the debt ceiling, the effect will be bad enough in our lifetime, but it will be devastating to our children and our children’s children. How can we not consider this a moral issue when the livelihood of our children is at stake here? I can’t even begin to imagine what college tuitions will look like by the time my children have children. Can you imagine the piles of debt that will be accrued through student loans? And isn’t this just what the federal government wants? Doesn’t that make you morally ill? It should.
Listen, God is sovereign. I don’t argue that fact. I happen to love it! But I also know that as a result of God’s sovereignty, our responsibility as Christians is to increase his Kingdom and renew all things by the power of his Spirit. We don’t just attempt to renew the things that we think fit the bill of morality. Economics fits that bill, and God’s people should educate ourselves to the poor economic decisions that come out of Washington on a daily basis. And we should throw our weight behind the elected officials that want to cut spending and lower or eliminate taxes. It’s a matter of morals not only for us, but for the generations to follow.
So the next time you tell someone to vote their morals and get behind those officials that are pro-life and pro-family, please include those that are fiscally responsible as well.