This is a story about two men, Mr. Indebt and Mr. Nodebt, but I think they represent two distinct groups in America today. [Disclaimer: Mr. Indebt and his wife are composite characters, they do not represent any one real person or couple. But if you see yourself here, perhaps you need to do some personal reflection.] Both men live in the same state, are close to the same age, both are married with no children living at home. Both men are smart, both have jobs, both have hobbies. Mr. Nodebt thought they were good friends, until one day ...
But before we get to the end of the story, let's go back a few months.
Mr. and Mrs. Indebt are, well, in debt. They are worried about their financial situation.
Mr. and Mrs. Nodebt invited the Indebts to their house for dinner one evening. When the Indebts arrived, the Nodebts met them at their car and welcomed them to their home.
Mrs. Nodebt is a very intuitive woman, and she immediately noticed the look on both Mr. and Mrs. Indebt's faces. The look said, "This is your house??? This is where you live???" Mrs. Nodebt had seen the look before. Translated the look means, "Someone in your position, in your profession, lives here??? This is not what we expected."
Mr. and Mrs. Nodebt live in an 18 year-old three bedroom house in the country. The Nodebts do not have a mortgage, they do not owe anything on their two 11 year old automobiles or their old fishing boat, or their old pontoon boot. Years ago they did live on the nicest street in their town, their house was on the Christmas tour of homes, and their neighbors were prominent business leaders in the community.
Years ago the Nodebts decided they didn't need the big house or anything that went with it. They spent each weekend on the river, so they sold the big house, got rid of the mortgage, bought the smaller house near the river, and are perfectly happy. They don't buy designer clothes and they don't buy new cars every couple of years.
Mr. and Mrs. Nodebt are happy. They like where they live, who they are, the decisions they have made. They spent years doing without, sacrificing to get an education and a profession, putting up with crap from teachers and employers. They like their lives. They spent years paying their mortgage, their bills, their school expenses on time in order to be where they are today.
Now, back to the present. Mr. and Mrs. Indebt could be in the same position that Mr. and Mrs. Nodebt are in, had they made different decisions. The truth is that Mr. Indebt and people like him, resent people like Mr. and Mrs. Nodebt. Whether it's jealousy, envy, whatever label you want to put on it, it's there. The resentment puts a wedge between the two supposed friends.
This is where we are in the United States today. Those who have made bad decisions resent those who have made good decisions. The Nodebts, and those with debts who are living within their means, are now being asked -- forced -- to pay off the debts of those who made bad decisions. The government has placed a wedge between these two groups of Americans. We are a house divided.
The people who should be resentful are the Nodebts and the many Mr. and Mrs. Reasonable-debts out there who have done everything right all their lives and are now being punished.
The Indebts may approve of the changes coming out of Washington, but mark my words ... The Nodebts are not going to sit by quietly much longer. The United States of America stands for individual rights and the Federal government cannot continue to pass bills and make laws that abuse and punish the good law-abiding citizens and reward those who tried to live beyond their means. Something is terribly wrong when we do good, are faithful stewards of what God has provided us through His grace, our good decisions and hard work, and we are resented and punished for it.
Americans are generous people. Those who have are more than willing to help those who need and cannot do for themselves. However, we resent being forced to support those who can and should support themselves.
What say you?
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