I was just wondering what would be a good Christian approach to this situation that my friend is in.
so my friend B lent money to another friend D about 3 years ago because D had started a non-profit for high school kids theater where we made an extracurricular program so they could perform. I helped out with this as well.
the problem was, we did not do as well with fundraising as we had hoped and D still wanted to rent a big theater for the show despite the rest of us saying we should find s smaller venue. He just wouldn’t listen and none of us wanted to see the show go down thee drain after all out hard work so B eventually agreed to lend him the money. the problem is, he didn’t actually have the money so he made a credit card transaction.
D said he would pay him back right away but when the show was over, he didn’t. his parents also said B would get his money back first because they had also contributed but they then changed their minds and took their money back first. D had also told us that the show broke even which ended up being a lie, which we didn’t find out until about a year later.
D did give B back a sum once, but it’s been so long that it’s basically moot since the credit card keeps piling up interest. and we also found out that D has been frauding numbers on his documents which he sends to the government. B and I have both since quit the organization because we don’t want to be involved anymore.
B finally got a bit irritated and gave D a deadline for his money which was the end of November but still has gotten nothing despite many promises of getting it to him.
I’m just trying to think, if I was in the situation, what would be the best course of action. B is contemplating telling D’s parents that he still owes him money because they don’t actually know, but I doubt that’ll make a difference. he is also considering reporting D for fraud because of what he’s doing with the charity stuff but I don’t think he really wants it to get to that point.
I had told B at the time that there was a good chance that this would happen, but I can’t blame him for wanting to be generous at the time. and the real problem is that he gave money he didn’t have.