I have a friend who recently bought a new car. He jests that he did it to help the economy. I suspect he is half jesting; his previous car was aging, and deteriorating.
I have a confession to make: I didn’t spend as much money on Christmas this year, so I am part of the problem. I didn’t spend less because i was worried about the economy or my future. I spent less because we are making serious strides toward de-commercializing Christmas.
We are hearing more and more about how bad the economy is, and that it’s getting worse, and that much of this is because of consumer spending. You and I aren’t spending enough. It’s our duty as citizens to spend, spend, spend.
This is one place that we Jesus-followers really must apply his teaching to “render to Caesar what is Caesar, but to God what is God’s.” Continuing to spend ourselves into oblivion may be good for the economy, and thus Caesar, but it isn’t God’s ideal for us.
Spending ourselves into oblivion to “honor” Jesus – around the celebration of his birth, is certainly not rending to God what is God’s.
This past Dec. 21st, Rachel and I let a deadline pass. Our bank had told us months before that we were pre-qualified for up to a $50,000 car loan. The offer was good through Dec. 21. We have utterly no need for a car worth $50,000 (or any other new car), no matter how good it would have been for the economy.