Thursday, June 4, 2009

Chrysler Debt and Christ’s Forgiveness

Nearly 800 Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge dealerships across the country got an unwanted package last month. They received a letter from Chrysler’s corporate office telling them to close up shop. In the end, 25% of the dealership’s network got the bad news. One of those I read about was Frederick George of Flint, Michigan. His family has been in the automobile business since 1928. He said, “Were upset, stunned.” Many others probably echoed his statement across the country.

The executive management miss-steps of Chrysler brought in the federal government and bankruptcy courts. The ripples of this financial mess are far reaching. Local Chrysler dealers are now being pulled under by the company's bad decisions and federal government pressure. After reading a comment from a dealer in Mississippi, I thought his words made a point. The summary of his comments were “Chrysler has their own investments, we have our own and we are not the problem.”

The financial debt that Chrysler accrued over the years is apparently too much for their CEO and board of directors to take care of themselves. All of us have a debt too, of a different kind. It is a sin debt.

A large, heavy debt has been accruing since the moment of our birth. Jesus can take this. He never had a debt of sin of his own, but is willing to take ours. Moreover, when He takes our debt, we will become free from its bondage. There is no greater feeling then being debt free. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (The Bible, John 8:32, ESV). Let Him take your debt and experience hope for today.