Thursday, July 07, 2011

Debts and the Spiritual Life

Often when we read the Lord's Prayer, we take note of forgiveness rather than the debt. One question we need to consider is the role of debts in our spiritual life. This is an interesting article from Sojourners

What Does it Mean to ‘Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors?’

by Tim Kumfer 07-06-2011
International Money Pile in Cash and Coinsphoto © 2011 epSos .de | more info (via: Wylio)“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12
Smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer, obscured by old translations and otherworldly assumptions, is a radical cry for Jubilee justice.  In this most stripped down form of Jesus’ teaching — the bare essentials of what a disciple should bring before God in prayer — freedom from economic debt for all of God’s children plays a central role.  Why is this? And what might it mean for the millions of Christians who weekly pray the Lord’s Prayer to live more deeply into this dimension of our faith?
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