Baptists on Financial Responsibility

I’ve never been able to separate moral issues from fiscal policy. I’ve always encouraged social conservatives to focus on government spending as government waste is immoral also. Here’s an encouraging resolution passed by the SC Baptist Convention from www.scbaptist.org:

Financial Responsibility
WHEREAS, The manner in which we use our money is an indicator of our spiritual condition and a reflection of our faithfulness (Matthew 6:21); and
WHEREAS, Scripture affirms that the borrower is slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7); and
WHEREAS, The current state of America’s economy has been brought about, at least in part, by excessive use of debt; and
WHEREAS, Financial stewardship is a moral imperative (1 Corinthians 4:2 and Luke 12:48), which affects the lives of families, churches, states and nations; and
WHEREAS, Many of Jesus’ parables related topics of money to larger spiritual themes; and
WHEREAS, The proper use of our financial resources includes limiting our indebtedness (Romans 13:8); therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That we, the messengers to the 190th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention meeting in Columbia, SC, on November 16, 2010, encourage financial responsibility among the members of South Carolina Baptist Churches, the member churches of this Convention, the State of South Carolina, and the United States of America; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage individuals, churches, the State of South Carolina, and the United States of America, to reduce existing indebtedness, while taking steps to minimize any further indebtedness; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage the member churches of this Convention to teach financial concepts from a Biblical perspective to the members of their congregations; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we ask appropriate convention staff to provide access to a copy of this resolution to the member churches of this Convention and to forward a copy to members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, the South Carolina Senate, the Governor of South Carolina, and to our Federal elected officials.