Food For Thought — April 15, 2008

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 15th, 2008

The price of the Lord’s people turning their back on God’s law is quite high, always has been and always will be. The economic whirlwind we are reaping today was sown many generations earlier when American Christendom forsook the law of God to seek the peace and prosperity of the “modern world.” We have no one to blame but ourselves and the Lord is most just in judging us by rendering upon our heads the consequences of our autonomous ways. Economics are not complicated, as we are led to believe, they are simply the monetary and financial expressions (and results) of our disobedience or obedience to God’s law, measured in real life blessings and curses, as we are experiencing today in the rapid decline of our pagan nation. We have become slaves in the large and rich land given to our Christian founders.

Nehemiah 9:33-37

However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly. Neither our kings nor our princes, Our priests nor our fathers, Have kept Your law, Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, With which You testified against them. For they have not served You in their kingdom, Or in the many good things that You gave them, Or in the large and rich land which You set before them; Nor did they turn from their wicked works. “Here we are, servants today! And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it! And it yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies [labor] and our cattle [wealth] At their pleasure; And we are in great distress.

Abraham Lincoln

The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.

From the article, Mind The Gap, of the Financial times, April 8 2008

Between 1979 and 2005 the pre-tax income for the poorest households grew by 1.3 per cent a year, middle incomes before tax grew by less than 1 per cent a year, while those of households in the top 1 per cent grew by 200 per cent pre-tax and, more strikingly, 228 per cent post-tax. The result of this lopsided distribution of income growth was that by 2005 the average after-tax income for the bottom fifth of households was $15,300, for the middle fifth $50,200 and for the top 1 per cent just over $1m. Looked at from another perspective, in 1979 the post-tax income of the top 1 per cent was 8 times higher than that of middle income families and 23 times higher than the lowest fifth. By 2005 those ratios grew respectively to 21 and 70. The process reached its extreme point with US President George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley estimates that in the economic expansion of 2002-06 the plutocratic top 1 per cent captured almost three-quarters of income growth. Figures for wealth, derived from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances, are less up-to-date but the picture is similar. The share of US wealth owned by the top 1 per cent of households rose steadily from 20 per cent in 1976 to 38 per cent in 1998.

The answer to our national woes is not found in the White House nor Congress, but in the genuine repentance of God’s people and the reforming of their ways where they live first, LOCALLY, according to the righteous commandments of the Lord.  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

— The Rural Missourian

6 Responses

  1. Tom Humes Says:

    Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  2. Christine Says:

    Repentance might be heartfelt and actions might be taken in accordance to the repentance, but the consequences of sin are still strong ties that can’t be unloosed responsibly.

    How would you propose we start reforming our ways locally?

  3. randallgerard Says:

    Rev. McConnell,

    This is indeed rich food for thought. I had no idea that Lincoln felt pinched between corporate bankers and the armies of the South. I usually regard our 16th President as something of a two-faced scoundrel; perhaps that is a little harsh? I don’t know.

    Christine,

    I’m sure Rev. McConnell will have thoughts on your question, but from my perspective, repentance comes in two parts. First, we must seek God and ask His help in recognizing all the ways we are hip-deep in sin. And then we must begin to take practical steps to extricate ourselves.

    Both are essential and both take time. Repentance should be an on-going thing, something we never think is completely done and over with. But in the midst of solemn and serious prayer, thought, work.. there is also great joy and liberty.

  4. Jeff Klute Says:

    Christine,

    Although the consequences of sin are strong ties, they can be loosed responsibly, for the blessings of God upon His people are much, much stronger ties. When His people repent, and turn from their wicked ways, keeping covenant with Him and with each other, his blessing, like a mighty flowing river, washes away the past. Revelations 22:1-2 speaks of this river of life, which God has provided in Christ for the healing of the nations. This is present tense reality: God will with great might bless His people when they submit themselves to his law and covenant.

    Jeff

  5. Missouri Rev Says:

    Christine, thanks for commenting, your reply is found in the post that follows this one.

    Randall, this is one quote from Lincoln that is most informative and accurate, for we have indeed lost our original republic and have come under the tyranny of the moneyed aristocracy of wicked bankers, just as Thomas Jefferson warned us – “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. This issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of the moneyed corporations which already dare to challenge our Government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Thanks for the comments.

    Jeff, thank you for pointing out that the blessings that come from faithful covenant keeping, even the seeming feeble ones that come first in repentance, far surpass and overpower the ties of sin, breaking its bonds and cords as a river cleanses a polluted land. O, the marvelous Gospel of the Kingdom of King Jesus!

  6. Missouri Rev Says:

    Hi Tom, your comment was swallowed up by my spam filter…sorry. I just rescued it today. Thank you for your compliment on my blog site, hope you enjoy the articles.

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