I haven’t explored the details of the student loan forgiveness program but we can make some definitive statements irregardless of the specifics. It seems many Christians are touting this move as the Christian thing to do. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. That’s good, but that’s not what’s taking place here.
This is more like debt transference. It would be like me saying I am forgiving Ron’s debt to John and requiring a group unrelated to the agreement between Ron and John to pay the bill. I can’t forgive the debt of others and require an unrelated person to pay for the debt I have “Forgiven”.
If the schools said we don’t require payment anymore that would be forgiveness and the government could cancel the loans. This is just shifting the responsibility for the payment to a group that had nothing to do with the original contract.
I could get a lot of people to like me if I just started canceling other people’s debt and not covering it myself but requiring others to pay it. Now if these government officials all said we won’t take a check until the debt is all covered that might be a different story!!