Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tough Times Require a Strong Faith

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so much bad news in just a few weeks. It’s not personal news (thank God!), but national news: hurricanes, floods, bank failures, stock market declines of historical proportions, massive government bail-outs of companies, and even a train wreck in California. If you look at the nearly nine years since the turn of the 21st century, there have been many misfortunes: 9/11, war in two countries, the tsunami, Hurricane Katrina destroying most of a US city, significant company failures (Enron and others), bank failures, tornados, wildfires in the West, floods, skyrocketing energy costs, the attack on the USS Cole, and continued terrorist attacks around the world, to name a few of the more well-known ones.

What does all this mean? Are we now into the end times? It would seem so, since there are so many bad things happening within a short time span, especially natural disasters. Of course our focus is rather narrow, since we Americans are typically looking at things happening in our own country and then making generalizations. However, the world isn’t in very good shape either, and any economic downturn in the US will have ramifications around the world, and vice-versa.

With all this depressing bad news and indications that we haven’t yet hit bottom when it comes to economic hard times, what are we to do? There isn’t a lot we can do, except be prudent when it comes to spending money and making decisions. The main thing we should do is begin to turn back to God. We have pushed God out of the public square, and then we hope that God will continue to bless us as a nation. I don’t think that’s the way it works.

We have been pushed around too long by atheists and by sympathetic judges who totally misinterpret the Constitution. I believe in the Constitution as it was intended, not as it is now being deconstructed and misused. Regardless of what judges decree, we as individuals can still turn back to God, start going to church, and begin praying for our nation. Let’s start praying for revival, because only God can bring it about. With revival comes renewed faith, hope, and a better country. Without revival, we will probably continue to slide into becoming a second-rate country dependent on foreign countries for our welfare. Do we really want that?

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