by Barry Newton
Especially when innocent lives could be impacted, does government bear the burden for bailing out failing entities, whether they be economically unviable businesses or individuals? Or should individuals and corporations reap the natural consequences for their own actions and policies? In other words, who should shoulder the burden of hope for tomorrow? Should everyone have hope for their tomorrow?
From our childhood to the halls of government, passionate voices fueled by strong convictions express conflicting opinions. Undergirding spirited discussions, principles of responsibility, prejudicial environments, economics, practicality and even morality are argued. The variety of opinions directly reflects those values which are granted the greater priority.
While at times we might find it difficult to identify which principle should shape policy as possessing highest priority, there can be no doubt regarding what God valued most when considering humanity’s plight.
Undeniably, our guilt-ridden lives were our own doing. Disastrous consequences had been set in motion. Whether or not we fully realized it, God knew that if we were to shoulder the burden of hope for our future, there would be none.
Yet in spite of our self-inflicted rotten situation, compassion became love as God sent Jesus to atone for our sins upon the cross. Without violating justice, love reigned and a living hope for those expressing faith in Christ was born.
Should people and businesses learn to be responsible? Definitely. Is there ever a time and a place for grace to bail out someone? I just know that when it comes to my spiritual situation, I am dependent upon the triumph of God’s love to shoulder the burden of hope for today and tomorrow.