[forthright] Surviving the Crushing Economy

Message: < previous - next > : Reply : Subscribe : Cleanse
Home   : April 2010 : Group Archive : Group : All Groups

From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 04:45:28 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine
http://www.forthright.net
Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
Most Important Question." Great for classes, groups,
evangelistic studies and individuals. 
http://forthrightpress.com/#MostImportant


COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Surviving the Crushing Economy
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

We live in dire times economically. The statistics are
stunning. Washington grapples with how to handle the
economy while the citizenry grumbles.

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm
of conditions associated with distrust of government -
a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-
based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and
elected officials.”/1

“Just 22% say they can trust the government in
Washington almost always or most of the time, among the
lowest measures in half a century.”/2 American’s
confidence in banks is down to 20%./3 The approval
ratings of the President and Congress are perpetually
low.

Unemployment is rising in 24 states and people are
scared./4 One poll suggests that 54% of Americans say
that someone in their household has been looking for
work./5

The national debt in America exceeds $12.8 trillion
dollars, which figures out to more than $350,000 per
United States citizen./6 Nearly 80% of Americans
believe that health care costs are going to escalate./7
Moreover, enormous tax increases are on the horizon./8

What can Christians do to handle the crushing state of
our economy?

First, we must remember that God is still in charge and
will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). His power and
majesty are eternal and not controlled by
circumstances. We must hold diligently to his hand and
cling to faith in him (Hebrews 11:6). He has to be the
answer to all that we need.

Second, we need to be less materialistic. Dependence on
simplicity will help protect us against the economic
downturn. Thinking of clothes, cars and possessions as
functional rather than to trumpet our wealth will
humble us. We should praise God, not please men with
our material goods.

Do we use our possessions in service to God or in
baiting our neighbor to jealousy? Are they for our
God’s or our neighbor’s eye? Must we always be adding
to and grabbing the new thing, so we can gloat?

God will tend to our needs, not our wants (Matthew
6:25-34). This conflict is the heart of our problems in
the prosperous West. We spend all that we have, live
off credit cards and spend impulsively, as often as we
can. Accordingly, we stand crippled with fear, doubt
and week-to-week survival.

Jesus emptied himself and focused solely on the mission
of God (Philippians 2:5-8). If we would simplify our
lives and engage ourselves in glorifying God, more than
ourselves, we will find true peace that God has for us
(Ephesians 3:20-21).

Third, we can survive on the sustenance of prayer,
while God is active in our lives (Romans 12:12). Christ
is larger than any crisis and our faith will sustain us
always (Romans 12:1-2).

__________

1/ http://tinyurl.com/y6heq5q
2/ Ibid. 
3/ http://tinyurl.com/ye58pyy 
4/ http://tinyurl.com/y637k3n 
5/ http://people-press.org/report/598/healthcare-reform 
6/ http://www.usdebtclock.org/
7/ http://tinyurl.com/ybzgzt6 
8/ http://tinyurl.com/bu3e7r

----
Read this article online, write your reaction, and read
others' comments as well. Click here:
http://tinyurl.com/y7nh3dv

You can help get the word out. Here's how:
http://www.forthright.net/editorial/lend_a_hand.html