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05 October 2008

God Will Make a Way?

"The pastor's not gonna say, 'Go down to Wachovia and get a loan,' but I have heard, 'Even if you have a poor credit rating, God can still bless you — if you put some faith out there [that is, make a big donation to the church], you'll get that house or that car or that apartment.'" - Anthea Butler, expert in Pentecostalism at the University of Rochester in New York

From Leroy (via e-mail) comes this online article from Time: Foreclosures: Did God Want You to Get That Mortgage? This issue directly parallels some of the posts I've made about doing crazy things and then being surprised that God doesn't bail us out. The article doesn't take an angle on the rightness or wrongness of the mortgage bail-out. It reports on the reasoning of a particular religious idea relating to the crisis.

No, I'm not suggesting that any of you have made a dumb decision in purchasing a house! Circumstances sometimes blindside us, and we can find ourselves in positions we didn't anticipate.

What the article speaks of, however, is blind faith in what a person says -- not in the promises and character of God. A situation as huge and nationally-publicized as this makes it easy for us to have a perspective that says of the prosperity gospel, "What craziness!" But if we dig deep, I wonder if would find some vestiges of that in our own lives.

Faith placed in the character and faithfulness of God because of how He has revealed Himself is good, necessary, and difficult (we like to handle things ourselves). However, blind faith, as I believe it should be described, is belief or action based upon wishful thinking and is rooted in the same kind of reasoning that prompts the agnostic to ask the question, "Why would a good God allow...?"


Melissa said...

Unfortunately, I have and am learning from past choices that weren't the most wise financial decisions, but were instead mistakes. I think everyone does this at some point, and some people learn from it and don't go back down that road again. Example: We are trying to learn from some of the financial choices we made when we were first married so we don't repeat it again.

We cannot blame God and expect Him to fix and get us out of a bind that we ourselves created. I firmly believe that He WILL help us if we rely on Him, but we can't blame Him when we've done it to ourselves. Thankfully, that is what His love and mercy is for...even though we've screwed up, He is there to help us rebuild when everything comes crashing down and we don't know where to start when trying to pick up the pieces and make something good from our disastrous mess (i.e. a foreclosure, bankruptcy, etc.)!

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