Fiscal Responsibility is Good Stewardship

By: July 27, 2011

This is the second post in my continuing series on the Tea Party from a Christian perspective. My goal is to convince my spiritual brethren who are skeptical of our movement that they actually belong on its front lines. I believe an e-book (or a series of them) with the same goal would make a valuable addition to Voices of the Tea Party. This is merely one Tea Partier’s view on how our core principles relate to my faith. 

Click here to read part I.


With the ongoing debt ceiling debate, it seems appropriate to post about fiscal responsibility. This is an easy one from the Christian perspective. Every resource we have comes from God, and he demands wise stewardship of his gifts. Without my citing even a single statistic, would you say that our government has been a faithful or a poor steward of the money we have entrusted to them through our taxes that God first entrusted to us?

That’s what I thought.

Instead of carefully weighing every dollar they use to meet the needs of the nation as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, they spend, spend, spend–and tax, tax, tax–to grow their own power, while rewarding and punishing political allies and enemies. The quickest of glances at the more than 70,000-page federal tax code and $3.5 trillion dollar annual budget proves this many times over.

It took America 200 years to accumulate its first $1 trillion of debt, yet we’re facing a $1.6 trillion deficit in 2011 alone, adding to our already unfathomable $14.5 trillion debt. This is real money we owe to real people who expect us to honor our financial commitments. This burden will fall on us, but even more so on our children and their children, who had no say in the matter. But still, President Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling by another $2.4 trillion without accepting any real spending cuts. All those proposed–and promptly rejected—so far barely even nipped at the annual deficit.

Our leaders from both parties are not serious about cutting spending, and never have been. It is the duty of Christians to hold these poor stewards accountable and find a way to force them to stop abusing the resources God has lent us and them. Not raising the debt ceiling would be a good start. If we allow it to be raised again with no significant cuts, though, our government will further accelerate the fiscal shuttle toward an economic black hole from which there will soon be no turning back.

This (chillingly) reminds me of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) in which Jesus teaches that poor stewards of his resources will have them taken away. (Weeping and gnashing of teeth are also involved—never a good thing in the Bible.) How much longer can our government pile trillion upon trillion in debt in the face of credit rating downgrades and expect to have a functional economy?

Not much.

And the weeping and gnashing of teeth will commence.

Jon Wakefield is the a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party.

7 Responses to Fiscal Responsibility is Good Stewardship

  1. Well said, Jon. I had originally hoped that the Republicans would do better than they have so far in living up to Tea Party (and biblical) standards. God set the rules, our forefathers adopted them in a workable way in the Constitution, and living up to them will only result in better stewardship and a return to a better way of life. I said, “will.” I hope I’m not assuming too much…

  2. Terry Burns says:

    Well said, Jonathan. I am a lifelong independent so I owe allegiance to no party, but had I not been an independent before this mess erupted I would be one now. I do applaud the fact that at least the republicans are trying to pass something that will start us in the right direction while the other side seems to be able to do nothing but say no. However, I am most upset by the clear and obvious fact that both sides are more interested in politics and the next election than they are in actually fixing our country. I look forward to seeing an administration in the White House that is not fixated on big government and more spending and I know that is NOT going to come with the current administration but I do not know yet who my vote may be cast for. It will be against liberalism and big government through whatever may be the best means of expressing that sentiment. I’m told that independents hold the key to the next election and I hope the rest of them feel as I do.

    Terry Burns

  3. Linda Glaz says:

    Couldn’t have said it better. And the worst part is, they think they’re fooling us. Well, I guess they are fooling some or the same idiots wouldn’t continue to be elected.

  4. Deb Harper says:

    Excellent, Jon. With the blessings that come from living in this great country–a land with freedoms, beauty, and abundant natural resources–comes the responsibility to honor the One Who gave it to us in the first place. We’ve forgotten who we used to be and need to take a good, hard look at who we’ll become if we don’t start fixing things and keeping them fixed. Our children and grandchildren will thank us.

    Great post, as always.

  5. Thank you so much, Jon, for this post. This overwhelming debt is getting very scary.

  6. Glenn Paul says:

    Raising the debt ceiling is about paying our bills. It’s not about spending more. The Christian perspective mandates that the debt be paid. The “un-Christian” thing to do is be a deadbeat. Why have Christians been so silent over the past decade while debt ran unchecked? Yes, control spending… but not at the expense of not paying what we owe. How can Christians be so blind? What does the Bible say about this? It does not say to stiff our creditors.

  7. JonWakefield says:

    We actually don’t disagree, Glenn. Defaulting on our debt obligations would be irresponsible, and I didn’t support that. Where we differ is that you accepted the narrative from the media and Republicans and Democrats that we would default on August 2nd if we didn’t raise the debt ceiling. That was a lie intended to scare the American people into submission. We had plenty of tax money on hand and coming in to pay our debts. If we had defaulted, it would have been because President Obama chose to default. Which he wasn’t going to do, as reports showed that he had privately assured banks that there would be no default, even if we didn’t raise the debt ceiling. That just would have forced cuts in other areas, which is, of course, exactly what we wanted.

    Haven’t you noticed the pattern from our government? They have to pretend as if there’s a crisis in order to push through their Big-Government agenda that otherwise would never be supported by the American people. They told us the sky was falling and we had to act RIGHT NOW with TARP, Stimulus, Obamacare, the auto bailouts, financial reform, the debt ceiling, etc. If we didn’t act, it would have been the end of the world as we knew it. Never mind that they had already shifted the debt ceiling deadline multiple times.

    At this point, they just sound silly, on the level of Harold Camping. The good thing with him was that you had to voluntarily give him your money. The government, however, simply takes your money whether you like it or not.

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