(NIV) The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (ESV) The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. So how do we interpret this? Some say that just because one has a CC then they are a slave. And others a different interpretation such as one is a slave if the following are met. Paying 30% or more of your income to debts Using cash advances Being in collections and default Not making payments each month Using savings for daily living expenses I got the following from a sermon by a well known and respected pastor whom clearly made the distinction between medical debts and consumerist debt. Jesus condemned those that love the things of this world, and surely many in debt today fit into that category. However its UNWISE and UNFAIR to assume everyone is in debt for these reasons as many do. I guess with this issue people will have different interpretations. There are some that would rather be dead than have a CC and recently I spoke to someone on FB with this view. He stated that if going into debt was the only way to save his life, he would rater die. I suggested that would be foolish as debt is debt and its not going to kill you or throw you in jail, but he disagrees. No I am not trying to justify debts so do not put words into my mouth to those of you that do not agree with me. Biblically we are to do everything in our power and ability to pay back our debts if this is possible. If this is not possible then just pay whatever you can. But I have had to take on debts due to medical and auto expenses in recent days. Yes I did ask my church and did pray about it, but no I was not helped, so God does not always deliver everyone out of debt as those that have the experience will boast about and claim. They are preaching the "God has a wonderful plan for your life" message and that God is here to serve me and not the other way around. Such Arminian do not understand, and ned to seriously read different books. John MacArthur, Erwin Lutzer, and some others write from a more Biblical view. Yes if God does deliver me from debts that is wonderful, but He may not for His own reasons.