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This column is not intended to degrade any political party or to seek benefit for any entity. It is intended to show the original intent of God of certain issues today using biblical scripture. Use this as a discussion to solve problems not to select sides, for God is an independent.

 Balanced Budget – The ability to control spending with respect to the income that is generated. It is a measure to control spending and to operate within the means of generated income.

 Democrats view – The Democrats believe in a balanced budget, believes in living within a budget, and believes that basic services should be afforded to every person.

 Republican view – The GOP budget controls the national debt, does not raise taxes, and achieves lower deficits than the President’s.

 God’s view  – Luke 14:28  – For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.  Matthew 22:21 -Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.  Proverbs 27:23  – Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds.

 God’s view of the budget is simplistic.  Luke mentions that it is common sense to count the cost before you do anything.  Having federal programs are good, but will the programs withstand the test of time and will it weather any economic atmosphere. Can we continue to fund social security or government programs while we go into debt? Every line item in a budget has to be looked with cautious. We can no longer spend frivolously. Our lawmakers are keepers of the law and they are responsible for the lives of the people and for the rules of this country no matter the party. We send the lawmakers to take care of us, therefore they have to scrutinize every line item. Of course, people will disagree with programs that will be cut but we must trust our lawmakers that they are making the right decisions for all people no matter the economic status. It is biblically right to balance the budget. We should not go into debt and have our children pay for them. We can no longer pass this responsibility to our children.

 A word on taxes, let’s not get bogged down about who owes what. Taxes funds programs and initiatives. So pay the government what is rightfully theirs and pay God what is His also.

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