Monday, March 16, 2009

Where's My Bailout? Great post on God, the Church, and the Economy

Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C. , serves up some good advice for Christians in these troubled economic times. Listen to this:

"The reason our country's in such bad financial shape is we let our need for greed consume us . . . When the stock market started going down, your god died and you don't see him resurrecting any time soon," Noble noted. "You think the economy has a hold on you when you don't understand that God actually has a hold on the economy."

Strong words; good preaching. Read more here.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

This is good stuff and good advice. It definitely helps draw your attention to get a grip - on the appropriate lifeline. God's big picture view of things really does let you see how small these troubles are in the grand scheme of things.

I guess what I see as well is that the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. There are virtuous people out there who are suffering too. We can't simply say that if you're struggling, it's because you were greedy. I do think that compassion should be extended to all. It is never fun to struggle. (Note: Compassion is free and doesn't always come in the form of a bailout.)

I also see this as a lack of accountability - we don't have that in our culture anymore and it's sorely needed. Being "personally responsible" is a vague, vaporous idea to most people anymore and it's not clear how to acquire that, practically, in your life. (Short answer: painfully.)