Dec 22, 2008

The Statesmen Of Fear And Oppression Vs The Light Of Christ

By Bill Wilson

The Vice President elect was recently quoted as saying that the economy was in danger of "absolutely tanking" and that it was going to take another $700 billion to fix. If his prediction comes true that means that the government will continue using the economy to justify its socialist grab of ownership in American business. The President elect warned Americans that the economy will take years to recover. He told reporters, "It will take longer than any of us would like - years, not months. It will get worse before it gets better. The governor of the Bank of Spain warned that the world faces a total financial meltdown, saying "This is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."

The head of the International Monetary Fund warns that, "We see 2009 as really being a bad year, with recession for most advanced economies and growth decreasing for emerging economies." He agrees that the economic forecasts are dark, "but they will be even darker if not enough fiscal stimulus is implemented." Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, compared the government response to the downturn of the economy to Nazi Germany. He is saying that the government spending will favor the well-off while ignoring the human needs of the poor and the displaced. Williams, seemingly economically bi-polar, is advocating communism as a means to take care of the poor while the economy recovers.

The American always has been able to dig down deep into his very soul to rise above any challenge presented, any threat to his well being. It is in these dark times that we must remember that Americans during the Civil War, during World War I, during the Great Depression, and during World War II were predominantly practicing Christians. It was the Christ in Americans that led us to victory, that led us to a reborn prosperity, that led us from those dangers we faced. Even if there were those who were not Christians, history would show that it was the Christians who had the faith to lead. That was then. There are fewer who follow the faith today, fewer who know the truth of God's word to depend upon it.

It will not be political systems such as communism, socialism or even capitalism that will bring Americans and the world out of this pending disaster. It will be Christ and those who show the love of Christ one to another that will encourage faith rather than fear, reliance on the greatest source of power rather than dependence on government. Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 2 Corinthians 4:7 reminds us that we have "this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." This is how we lead the nations from the mire of governments.