Slave to the Lender
There’s a relational dynamic that many people neglect or aren’t even aware exists when they consider purchasing something with debt. It’s the master/slave dynamic. When you borrow money from someone, regardless of the time-frame you’ve agreed upon to re-pay that debt, the debt must be repaid, or there’s risk of bad things happening.
As a consumer, I have a say in what products or services are of value simply by choosing to do business with that company. In other words, I vote with my wallet. If I don’t agree with something a company does, I don’t have to use their services.
When you borrow money, something is usually used to secure the loan accompanied by an evaluation of your “debt score.” In the case of a house, the house itself becomes the security instrument that the lender uses to ensure they’ll get paid. That is why your rates can be so low. In the case of consumer credit cards or personal loans, since there’s usually nothing put up for security, your rates will be much higher as the lender shifts the risk to you. They make more money that way.
Collecting payments from you can be a costly process, depending on the type of loan you’ve taken. When you buy a house, your payments are typically handled by a company you never chose to do business with. In 2002, I purchased my home using a mortgage broker who promptly sold the note for my house to Countrywide Financial, who was acquired by Bank Of America who subsequently released the note to Greentree Servicing.
I had no say in the matter except that when I signed my closing docs, I gave consent to this phenomenon. Perhaps I could have retained more control over who I was choosing to do business with had I refused to these terms, but at the same time, perhaps I would not have closed on my first home.
Now, as a debtor, indebted to repay a loan serviced by a company (Greentree) with whom I would never choose to do business, I am stuck with their garbage services and practices until I either pay off the note, or they release the servicing responsibilities to yet another collection company.
This is one example of how borrowing money can put you into a situation whereby you have no control over who you choose to do business with. Thus, the borrower is slave to the lender.
Proverbs 22:7 – The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender.