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  1. Yo’ sensei — this could be an interesting thread.

    A few questions that I’d appreciate your take on:

    1) Grace and Responsibility

    Many emerging economies have to handle crushing loads of debt where money was squandered by corrupt officials. There’s a clear call to some level of debt forgiveness.

    Yet without consequences for poor behavior in the past, aren’t we just saying, “it’s ok to squander the money you receive in loans in the future?”

    Is this analogous to the tension between grace and responsibility we find elsewhere in the gospel?

    2) Property, Stewardship & Social Responsibility

    The O.T. and the gospel both issue strong calls to us for social justice, and it is clear that everything belongs to God.

    How do we square this with the commandment “Thou shalt not steal,” which implies that some level of property is OK. How much is OK?

    Cheers,

    keklemenos

  2. Good comments keklemenos (aka ‘bidden one’)- I will tread softly given your finance background greatly outreaches mine, but will offer some thoughts:

    – re: the consequences for poor behavior argument in relation to debt forgiveness. Great question. Do we merely enable further systemic evil (ie. corrupt officials) by forgiving debts without question? Possibly and probably, but that still doesnt outway the vocative sense that we are called to forgive and release people into Jubilee. What this does raise is the need for responsible action in relation to forgiving of debt – ie. provide systems of management to assist developing economies to be good stewards of resources.

    – How do we square the ‘thou shall not steal’ divine command ethic with the ‘all is God’s’ ethic? My reading of this is that ‘thou shall not steal’ is a twinned command – both to acknowledge that God (1) provides everything and those provisions are gifted to those whom God desires. In that, I am certainly taking a providencial stance. That said, the ‘thou shall not steal’ command is to clarify that we are not to take that which (1) isnt ours and (2) not circumvent God’s provision to others (ie. I think that we will have to answer for some decisions made regarding the Native lands in the US, etc)

    (btw – is keklemenos the Periphrastic perfect passive subjunctive of kalew? 🙂

  3. Thanks for the comments, sensei.

    Massive points for the parsing of keklemenos. It’s the perfect passive participle of kalew… “one who has been called”

  4. “I don’t believe in excess,
    Success is to give,
    I don’t believe in riches,
    But you should see where I live
    I believe in Love”

    From God Part II, U2

    Sensei,

    Great article in The Other Journal. Nice to see you quoting scripture. The hard part is the downsizing and getting things back into some reasonable, responsible place after jumping into the deep end of consumerism. I’m encouraged that there feels to me to be a ground swell of new attention being paid to the extreme poverty much of the world lives in. Anyway, thanks for pointing us to the Journal and to your article. Laptop battery about to die. Hope to follow up with more posts on this topic later.

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