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The Bible and the Budget

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The Christian Post recently interviewed Acton’s Jordan Ballor about biblical principles and the federal budget:

Ballor and Good were both in agreement with Sider that the large national debt, now over $15.6 trillion, is immoral in the way it passes debt from one generation to the next. Sider deserves a lot of praise, Ballor said in the interview, for bringing attention to the severity of the debt crisis.

“This is absolutely a moral problem. We have an irresponsible government. It doesn’t have anything to do with one administration or another, one party or another, we’ve got a federal government that for decades upon decades has been spending more than it has been taking in, has been irresponsible, and needs to be taken into account,” Ballor said.

Like Sider, Good would also like to see a balanced budget within the next five years. Regarding which programs might be cut to achieve balance, though, Good would need to understand more about what Sider believes makes an “effective” government program.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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