It has never been more important to raise the issue of debt forgiveness and do something about it in concrete ways than it is in 21st century America. But how could the biblical Jubilee possibly be an economic plan in today's economy? Enter Occupy Wall Street's "Rolling Jubilee."
The economy should not be an end in itself, an irresistible force that we fail to serve at our peril -- yet that's the conventional attitude. The economic suicides of Europe are testimony to the prevalence of this belief.
Balancing the ideal and the real allows for an adjustment to an original plan, a midcourse correction and a reassessment based on how a "solution" is being implemented. The sabbatical year, with its forgiveness of debts, is an example.
Organizations that usually demand cancellation of the crippling debts owed by impoverished countries in the global South are now calling for debt forgiveness for a different group of borrowers: U.S. students.
Though Christian financial "guru" Dave Ramsey claims not to understand Occupy Wall Street, he does know why protesters want to raise taxes on the wealthy: We are sinners. "At the core of this demand," he says, "is envy."
Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.