Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
My heart is grieved. I don't feel a great calling (as of today) to become a missionary or anything, but even if I wanted to, I don't think I could. It feels inappropriate to give the coat off of one’s back when one could actually still be paying it off. Jesus told this rich guy to sell everything, give to the poor, and follow Him. How does that work in America when people could literally sell everything they have and still be in debt (most likely inclused student loans)? I would gladly leave all my junk behind - but I'd still have stuff to pay off (a lot less than most people, I hear.)
Are Americans are in a trap? American Christians bought into the religion of financing; America's middle class and poor can have it all for no payments and interest for a year or low monthly payment for the next 20 years or more. Our worship is financing to the god of capitalism.
How can one follow Christ if, even after selling everything, there is still more to owe? What would a Jubilee look like today? (Leviticus 25)
I fear for my students right now. Some are freshmen and are planning on fully financing their college educations with student loans and are pursuing low wage jobs. One wants to be a teacher - if this student finances 4 years and makes payments on all loans after graduating, more than 1/2 of their salary will go to student loans! They want to go to a Christian school - which is basically going to put their grandchildren into debt so they can teach.
What does God want for this situation - and mine?