Just a little. So if you’re reading this, don’t get too weary. Recently, there has been a lot of back and forth on the issue of student debt forgiveness.
There are so many ways to look at this – political, moral, economical, personal, Biblical, evaluating the system, seeking corrections to a flawed system, and other angles. Al Mohler does a daily brief and he did an excellent evaluation of the morality and economic danger of the decision.
Many Democrats have acknowledged this is a political maneuver. Others have stated this “aid” helps those with greater earning potential to the detriment of those that don’t have such potential (kind of a reverse Robin Hood). Some really like it – others abhor it.
Now I truly believe there are those that can be truly aided with this move. I know many suffering financially and the collegiate system has taken the upper hand with some of their students (especially the for-profit ones.) But I also acknowledge that when people agree to a debt, they have the responsibility to that debt. Yes, it may be from a broken system, but they went into that system voluntarily. This issue is not so cut and dry – not so black and white. Even Al Mohler showed uncertainty on his briefing on the issue the following day when asked if someone, who might even disagree with the action President Biden took … if that someone should take advantage of the opportunity to have $10,000 of debt reduced. So the evaluation is not of the decision but of factor if that are a good steward if they don’t participate in a system that benefits them, even if the system is flawed.
SO … I am not going to discuss the morality of student loan forgiveness. I am not going to discuss if Biden was right, did he have the authority, or how to fix the system – cause even if I had the right answers, people who are in the know how either A/ Won’t really listen or B/ Don’t read my blog. What I will discuss is a Biblical parable that I feel addresses one small little aspect of this issue. Is it fair?
In Matthew 20 – Jesus tells the Parable of the Vineyard Workers. A vineyard owner went out to hire some workers. Some got hired early in the day, some around mid-day, and some late in the afternoon. At the end of the day, the owner of the vineyard first pays the ones hired last. He gave them full days wage. He did the same with the mid-day workers. The ones who worked all day saw this and thought they would get a bonus, a bigger payday. However, the workers got their one days wage, and only their one day’s wage. They got what was promised.
I look at this parable and I relate to this situation. Some borrowed and have already paid it off. They now see what the government (aka Biden) is doing and that some are getting a blessing (cause let’s be real, $10,000 closer out of debt is a blessing) … they see what Biden has done and they are saying it’s not fair. They say that everyone thinks they should get what everyone else is getting.
BACK TO PARABLE – The workers wanted a bigger cut. But the vineyard owner was giving them their fair wage. They got what they agreed to. What he gave the other workers was irrelevant. They got a fair and just wage.
BACK TO TODAY – People who have paid the debt as they agreed – that is fair and just. Don’t complain because someone else got a blessing that they didn’t get?
Now, I don’t know if this is the best application of this parable but I think it is a good application. Maybe I should just ignore politics. But even politics need a Biblical world view. SO people … stop being so worried about how other are being blessed and just live up to your responsibilities.
((Now, I do think it is a bad political and bad national economic policy, and the way one would correct such policy is to vote in people you think will make wise economic and political policy. And I am not sure Biden’s decision will stand up in court. But if it does hold, if it does go into practice, then apply this blog’s thoughts.))