If you look close enough certain financial terms are interchangeable with spiritual terms. Consider the fact that a “debt” can be either a loan or a sin. A “debtor” can be either someone who takes out a loan or someone who has sinned against you. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (Matt. 6:12 NKJV). Is this spiritual or financial? More spiritual, don’t you think?
Could was instead pray, “Forgive us our credits, as we forgive our creditors.” Forgive us Lord for borrowing money that we can not repay, as we forgive our lenders for trying to collect.
Debts and credit. Are we not indebted to our creditors? Of course we are. We owe them money. However, “indebted” is also a word used when someone gives generously and we are indebted to them for their gracious gift. “I am forever indebted to you, my friend.” Is that what is happening in our American credit system? We have become indebted to our creditors for their gracious gifts to us. I think not.
Jesus taught, “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors.” Is this spiritual or financial language? “The one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?” (Luke 7:41-42) I believe this is a financial parable with a spiritual meaning. The lesson teaches more about the forgiveness of sin, not the forgiveness of the debt. Neither of the debtors could pay back their loans, but the creditor [one who extends mercy] forgave them both. Sounds a lot like Jesus.
So the next time you’re checking out at the grocery story and the cashier asks “Debit or Credit,” ask yourself a spiritual question, “Have my debts (sins) been credited (atoned) by Jesus.