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?
And the weeping and gnashing of teeth will commence.
Jon Wakefield is the a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party.