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Faith Is The Answer

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 10, 2008

The America we knew as children, back home, seems like a dream and the one we are living in now a nightmare without the relief of morning.

A lot of people are saying lately that God is judging America.
To what extent God’s hand is in all of this remains unknown. I don’t know, perhaps we’re bearing the consequences of our own actions, the pain of our abandonment of sense and the emptiness of a life detached from authentic moral and ethical order. The Bible telly us that God is active in history and can use the ebb and flow of events to hold both people and nations to account.

We do know that ideas, constructs, and behavior have consequences. In this modern world of ours, we are slowly falling prey, for a variety of reasons, to a kind of life that is at once technically advanced but spiritually, emotionally, and socially selfish, greedy, materialistic, and bankrupt. We have poisoned almost everything what was meant good for us.  All of those institutions that are crying wolf are reflections of this very fact.

We see the Wall $treet sharks seeking today for help, ironically, from the same people they have tricked into paying them unwarranted usury: the American taxpayers. Their fall is the direct result of their will to fly high, despite the odds, and, as Icarus of old, their wings of wax are melting now and they struggle in free fall. “O you who live on many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come, and the measure of your unjust gain” (Jeremiah 51:13). Their mistake is clear: “A rich man who crushes the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food” (Proverbs 28:3).

Economic, religious, political, familial, etc systems should be held accountable when their practices contribute to large scale breakdowns or disparities.

We must once again speak against the dangers of consumerism, predatory lending, and greed. Most of all, we need to acknowledge the fact that the sickness of our culture begins to end when We address the illness of our soul.

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