I found it!!!
The Secret Answer!!!
OK, so it’s not so secret, and I didn’t find it. It’s been there for millenia.
The United States would do well to learn the lessons of this smaller nation. Unfortunately, this smaller nation is hated by most of its neighbors and home to a group of people who have been feared and loathed for those same millenia.
The basis for that fear and loathing could be argued but I suggest its envy more than anything else. Let God show favor on one and others will envy. Let God bless one and others will covet. And so it is and has been with Israel.
So on to the “Secret”:
There was a recipe for financial independence and blessing that is worth noting. In Deuteronomy 15, it reads:
” 1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. 4 However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. 6 For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.”
I’ll suggest that the old way of keeping credit records was based on this same seven-year concept. On that same point, I’d argue that our secular leaders and the financial industry looked at the root of the concept and chose to depart from it for two reasons: (1) Distance from Biblical perspective in which far away is not far enough, and (2) the ability to profit more from the longer suffering of the affected masses.
Imagine a country where:
1. Every seven years, debt was cancelled for its citizens
2. Illegal immigrants and foreigners would still have to pay THEIR debts
3. The Poor would no longer exist
4. There was no national debt
5. Other countries were the borrowers
6. No other country ruled over it
Can it happen? Sure.
Will it happen? Not if man has anything to say about it.
Cancelling debt is something only a bankruptcy court does these days and that process has become costly, lengthy, and more difficult. Too many people have skipped out on their debts, leaving others holding the bag and cutting into the profits of those who have gotten fat off of the suffering of others. Not likely.
What? Make illegal immigrants PAY rather than receive benefits for doing nothing? Not as long as liberals are in any elected office. Besides, the ACLU would sue, saying the concept is discriminatory.
No more Poor? How would any Democrat ever get elected again???
No national debt. Hmm… The US would thrive and China would collapse. Then where would we buy all of our plastic stuff from?
Other countries would be happy to borrow from us but when we give them so much for free in foreign aid, why would they want to?
And finally, no other country would rule over the US. Heck, another term in the White House for Obama and I expect to see the red and yellow of China flying atop it.
God had a plan and sadly, not even the chosen of Israel could keep it. But imagine how different the world could be if people followed God’s guidance, even if it was for the Jews only at one time: No crime! No sin! No depravity! No long-term debt! No exploitation! The end of sick headlines on the TV and in the paper! No more kids snatched or women abused. No more nonsense that makes this world the sick place it is.
And maybe best of all, no Democrats! Heck, no Politicians!!!
Might as well wait for the new heaven and new earth!