Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's NOT the economy, Stupid!

"'It's the economy, stupid'" was a phrase in American politics widely used during Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against George H. W. Bush. For a time, Bush was considered unbeatable because of foreign policy developments such as the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War. The phrase, ...made popular by Clinton campaign strategist James Carville, refers to the notion that Clinton was a better choice because Bush had not adequately addressed the economy, which had recently undergone a recession'"-Wikipedia

Well, I am here to tell you that it's NOT the economy, Stupid.   As Christians, is our trust in the economy or in God?  Can God not turn the economy around?  And we are told to vote for this or that candidate because they will bring our economy back to life--forget about the moral issues.

So we're back to that, then--the almighty dollar?  Forget about the moral issues, we are told.  Well, does God forget about the moral issues?  Does He look past a candidate who supports abortion so much so that the candidate votes that babies born alive should be left to die on the table--even if the baby is breathing on its own? http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18647  Even  if the baby is FULL TERM?  Folks, we are operating on babies at 21 weeks!  A full-term baby is 40 weeks!  http://www.justfacts.com/news.strugglingphotographer.asp

Does God look past homosexual marriage even though His word says, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" 1Corinthians 6:9, etc http://www.fbbc.com/messages/homosex.htm

And you can try to use the Bible to contradict itself and think you're scoring points like this presidential candidate did, but you're not http://politics.usnews.com/news/blogs/god-and-country/2009/10/15/is-obama-having-it-both-ways-on-gay-marriage.  In the Old Testament if you committeed certain sins you were stoned.  But when Jesus was presented with the adulerous woman, He did not stone her.  He did tell her not to do it again.  Jesus is looking for repentance. 

 Our families are breaking down and, therefore, our society is breaking down.  We say if only the poor had more money and if only the rich would part with more of theirs.  But, people, that's the economic talk again.  Can the economy fix what' really ails us: a lack of morality?  Morality tells us not to steal, not to cheat, to treat everyone equally regardless of their monetary worth (because they are valuable to God), etc.  Can money fix that?

On our money is stamped our national motto, "In God we trust."  But, we are acting like our national motto says, "In our Economy we trust."  Has our economy taken the place of our God?  Have we forgotten that,  "It is God who gives us the ability to create wealth"? Deuteronomy 8:18 

Folks, let's heed Elijah, "If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if [the Economy] is god, follow him."  1 Kings 18:21.

(PS:  When the next presidential candidate shows up, I'll give him/her the same treatment.)

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