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Building Debt

October 12, 2017

The meeting had been going smoothly until someone brought it up.

The debt.

The building debt.

The church building debt.

The only sound next was squirming. Lots of it.

Someone cleared their throat.

Heads turned.

“Let’s just get this out there,”  said someone who looks a lot like me. “This isn’t pretty. This isn’t funding disaster relief. We’re not sending kids to church camp with this money. Hard to put a face on this indebtedness.”

Silence around the table.

“Didn’t used to be this way,” I blundered on.

“Things change. Attitudes change. In a lotta places, building debt has become a hard sell.”

A now painful silence filled the room.

“I guess what I’m saying,” I went on, without really thinking this part through, “is that paying off debt isn’t sexy.”

Stunned silence this time. Including my own.

Had I really just said that out loud?!

And then a woman chuckled.

Let’s call her Janet. Because that’s her name.

“No, it’s not,” she said. “But being OUT of debt sure is sexy!”

That was the turning point in the discussion.

Things began to flow freely: laughter, money, grace.

The borrower is slave to the lender, says Proverbs 22:7.

Or, to give that Janet’s positive spin, “being OUT of debt sure is” uh, well, it’s “sexy.”

See you back here tomorrow.


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