Thursday, 11 February 2016

Why the Church should be Concerned about Usury

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:17).

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it (Psalm 34:14).

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11).

Usury is a sin. It is not a "right", a "liberty" or a matter between two individuals who agree to a usurious deal. No, it is sin and must be called sin.

The Church has a duty ordained by God to fight evil (Ephesians 5:11), seek justice (Isaiah 1:17) and do good (Psalm 34:14). She is to love one's neighbour as Jesus commanded: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27). 

Usury is the very antithesis of love, as all sin is. All sin the not merely the product of a lovelessness, but also lovelessness itself for love is the fulfillment of the Law of God (Romans 13:10). The Law is the expression of God's will and character, an expression of His love. Therefore, to break God's Law is to have no love, but to hate. 

Fighting usury is not a matter of trying to impose one's views on others, or to make the world a better place for society. It is not a matter of seeking one's so-called "rights" or "liberty".  It is a matter of loving God and one's neighbour, seeking justice and doing good. 

The Church needs to rise up against usury and fight usury because it is sin.