Our nation must solve a math problem.
T (Tax Revenue) - (E (Entitlement obligations) + I (Interest on national debt) + D (Defense spending) + G (All other government spending)) = X
Solve for “X.”
Or maybe we should call it a “story problem.” Remember story problems? “Johnny has twelve apples and he gives seventy-five of them to a bunch of his friends. How many apples does Johnny have left?” Oops. Johnny didn’t have seventy-five apples to give away. He owes some other friends sixty-three apples and he continues to give apples away. What should he do?
What should we do? The back story to our current math problem is a tale of moral deterioration, social strife, political polarization, and disturbing leadership failures. Those problems are easier to ignore or explain away, and they are much more difficult to solve than an algebra equation.
At the end of the day, however, there is no getting around the numbers. The difference between federal revenue and expenses cannot be bought off or lobbied into submission. It must be solved.
My prayer is that this stubborn math problem will be an opportunity to deal with deep moral, social, and spiritual decay. Our best hope for solving this math problem, in my opinion, is to work on some spiritual problems.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
What do you think?