“Back in 2011, in the middle of Barack Obama’s first presidential term, it was all the rage in conservative Christian circles to talk about not just the danger but also the immorality of the debt. As Obama’s 2012 budget was being debated, evangelical leaders warned against the immoral proportions that the $14 trillion national debt had reached. (Oh, that it could still be a trifling $14 trillion!) I still remember the genuine anxiety, the head-shaking, the “can-you-believe-this?”-type questions exchanged between adults.
Evangelical leaders stoked this unease. ‘America’s growing debt is a not just a financial issue, it’s a spiritual one,’ said Jerry Newcombe, host of a Christian TV program, ‘The Bible is very clear about the moral dangers of debt.’ Historian and author William Federer, a guest on Newcombe’s program, added, “Proverbs 13:22 says a ‘good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.’ Right now, we’re not leaving a very good inheritance.’
When GOP leaders don’t make the national debt a priority or emphasize the danger of it, neither do conservative media figures or evangelical leaders. Even in the midst of a pandemic, anxiety about deficit spending has continued to fall. According to Pew Research, 55% of US adults called the fiscal deficit a “very big problem” in the Fall of 2018, while only 47% did in June, 2020.”
“I am personally convinced that this hellish plan could not have succeeded had Donald Trump not been in the White House.”-Pastor Chuck Baldwin
Book: The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (The great mystery: why we obey the state)