Jul 1, 2009

God, America, and the Economy

Richard Booker
By Richard Booker

In part one of this series I explained that America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy. I pointed out that those of us who are Americans should be alarmed by this omission of our great country in God’s Holy Word.

With all of our problems, America is still the greatest nation in the history of nations. America is the only superpower in the world. Our military, our economy, our form of government, our wealth and prosperity, with all its faults, far exceeds all the other nations in our world today and is still the envy of every nation. Yet when we read the prophecies in the Bible about the end times, we don’t find any mention of America.

I explained that the Bible has both general prophecies and specific prophecies about the nations. America is not mentioned specifically but is included in the general prophecies about the nations during the end times. “Why is America not specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy?” The best our human minds can understand is because America will not be the superpower that it is today. What are some reasons that could cause the demise of America as the leading superpower of the world? In the following articles I want to briefly mention six possibilities. In this article I deal with America’s economic collapse.

Economic Collapse

The first reason I believe America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy is economic collapse. When God judges a nation, He does so by judging the gods of the nations. This is what He did in Egypt with the 10 plagues. The plagues were against the gods of Egypt. So, if want to know how God would judge America, all we have to do is list the gods of America. And at the very top of the list is money.

It should be clear to anyone that money is the American god. The One True God in heaven wants us to prosper and have money. We can’t do God’s work, nor can we have much of a quality of life without money. But what God doesn’t want is money to have us. The Bible does not say that “money is the root of all evil.” In the New Testament, the Bible says that the “love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).

It should be obvious to all of us that greed will destroy America. With all of our great wealth as a nation, America has become a debtor nation. That means we owe more than we have. Every individual household understands this. If you keep spending more than you are earning, eventually you go bankrupt.

Our government debt is in the trillions of dollars. The rate of our debt increases in billions of dollars every day. Regardless of our government’s fiscal and monetary policies, or maybe because of them, we will never be able to balance the books. And sooner or later, probably sooner, the economy will collapse under the weight of our debt. Without our economic power, America will no longer be a superpower. This could happen overnight as we have seen in the weakening of the dollar, the panic on Wall Street and the bailing out of our financial system.

In 1787, about the time America established its independence from Britain, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh named Alexander Tyler made the following comment about the fall of Athens. This comment was posted on the internet:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
Tyler continues,
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
  1. From bondage to spiritual faith
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage
  3. From courage to liberty
  4. From liberty to abundance
  5. From abundance to complacency
  6. From complacency to apathy
  7. From apathy to dependence
  8. From dependence back into bondage”
In view of this statement, where do you think America is in the progression?

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