Saturday, 2 January 2016

Woe to the Usurers who Cause Debtors to Stumble into Sin, Woe unto you

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth (Psalm 37:21).

Usury offends God because it encourages people to borrow and not repay. Borrowing without repaying is worse than theft because it is not only selfish use of property, but also to break a promise. Anyone who gets into debt makes a promise to repay. Non-repayment is in and of itself to break that promise. That the person could not repay is not an excuse for his sin for he got into debt himself. 

Usury itself entices people and drag them into the sin of not repaying their debts. That is exactly what usury is so disgustingly perverse and vile. It is like a harlot who sees an already sexually immoral man, and seeks to seduce him to commit even more sin and trap him in sin by using his already sexually immoral heart. The same applies with the usurer. He traps an already sinning debtors into more sin by encouraging him or making him not able to repay debt. It is to cause a debtor to stumble in sin. 

Jesus said: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea" (Mark 9:42). He also said: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble" (Luke 17:1-2).

Indeed, woe to him to causes other to sin. This includes the usurer who causes debtors to sin by non-repayment of debt.