Meanwhile, back in the real world, here is something the churches surely ought to have got their teeth into long before now:
Rising levels of poverty are putting millions at risk from spiralling debts, with the Government facing renewed calls to crack down on lenders who make large profits by exploiting the poor.
Those on benefits and the working poor are at greatest risk, according to new government figures which show that the number of payouts to people forced to appeal for emergency financial help from the Government has almost trebled in only five years.
The Bible is quite clear:
O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? [Those...] who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. (Psalm 15:1,5)
Calvin was wrong on this, Luther was right, and the more that money-lending has become part of our social fabric, the worse things have got, not least for the poor.
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