The title of this blog was the subject of my sermon on November 17th, 2013. In that message I stated that normal in America is being broke and deep in debt. Who wants to be normal if this is what normal is? In fact our national debt is now over 17 trillion and climbing rapidly. We are moving toward becoming a slave nation. In such an environment we can either follow the herd over the cliff or be counter cultural. I choose to be counter cultural. There was a time when I assumed that most everyone around me made a great deal more money than I did. When I noted their clothes, cars, houses, toys, and treasures, I naturally assumed that only a much greater income could make this possible. However, a recent economic downturn revealed to me that even though incomes were good, many of the personal assets around me had been financed by exorbitant debt. It is so in the American mental attitude to follow this pattern that to challenge this way of thinking could get you stoned. (Like Stephen) However, I choose to risk stoning. Let me quote a precious passage from Hebrews and challenge any reader to commit it to memory and meditate on it regularly. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:5) Being deep in debt reveals covetousness and a failure to be content in the real circumstances of your life. It is a sin problem for it truly falls short of the glory of God. You don’t usually get in debt over night and you normally can’t get out over night. If you will begin today following Biblical principles and seeking wise counsel, you can break free to a new normal. You will be glad you did. Slavery is no fun.