My cause is Christ, as a result I rarely comment on political issues. However, once President Biden announced his student loan forgiveness plan, social media was aflame with memes and discussions about the issue. Many who support the plan imply that Christians, who do not, are hypocrites. So, I felt it important to respond to those assertions from a scriptural perspective. I’ll touch on two arguments I’ve heard.
Your whole faith is built on forgiveness of debt.
True. Every person is overloaded with the debt of sin. We can’t repay that debt. It’s a constant burden. Christ in his love and compassion stepped in, paying the debt for us. The relief found in the forgiveness of financial debt could describe the peace found in salvation.
However, there are some important points this analogy misses:
First–Free will. Christ voluntarily went to the cross. God did not force the choice on him. Jesus struggled but willingly completed God’s plan (Matthew 26:36-55).
Second: Our sin leads to death. On this earth, sin kills joy, relationships, and, even, people through disease and other means. Our sin also leads to spiritual death as we are eternally separated from God, the source of life.
Finally, Christ, being fully divine and fully human, was the only who could pay for our sins. There is no other way to be relieved of the weight of our unrighteousness. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Eph 2:7-9)
While on the surface student loan forgiveness and the core of Christianity seem the same, they are vastly different.
Aren’t kindness and giving the whole point of Christianity?
Yes! Jesus listed loving others as we love ourselves as one of the greatest commandments. We show this love through actions–giving and service. And that’s a good reminder during this time. Yes, students were foolish when taking on this debt and, perhaps, they deserve to learn the consequences by paying back the loan. But we’ve all been foolish, and Jesus gives us mercy.
While Christians might need a reminder to give grace, there is still a scriptural problem with this argument. God wants us to give willingly where we are led by him. As stated in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’” Practicing Christians donate regularly and freely out of our love for God not due to compulsion.
Political stuff is not my thing. However when the world of social media dictates how Christians should behave, I feel the need to give a scriptural response. Please make sure comments address that area of this issue.