Who do you trust?
Since the end of the big war, World War II, the war to end all wars, the world view of success in life is earning more money next year. Because of this philosophy, the United States has watched its steel manufacturing, copper, and other mining industries, automobile manufacturing, oil production, and even farming, leave this country boycotting the ever-rising cost of employment and demanded benefits by employees. The United States now imports more goods than it exports and the countries that now hold American jobs are thriving as we did pre the big war.
The problem the world has today is the same it’s always had, except there are more people involved and the current economic system is collapsing under the strain. There are four classes of people in the world: The Greedy, The Conscientious Worker, The Lazy, and The Physically Impaired, and I don’t know as it will ever change. The world debt is fixin’ to bring the curtain down on a poorly written play of tragedy and the rewrites, in an attempt to keep the play running, are even sadder. People are fed up with the greed. A well-known bank tried to milk more money from its customers by levying more nickel and dime fees on their services, only to find out that their customers have been pushed far enough as they started pulling their money out of the bank and depositing with strictly regulated credit unions. Is it going to take an “Olly olly oxen free!” to save the world economy?
Greece, the once world center of great thinkers and philosophers, looks to be the first to collapse economically and that could bring about four more countries down with it. No company or country can survive gross mismanagement and misappropriation of funds on a regular basis. It appears to me that the “new math” isn’t working so well.
A man approached his local banker seeking a $500 loan. When asked what he wanted the money for, the man explained it was to pay for a trip to a distant city where he would sell some jewelry he had made. The banker wasn’t too sure about this so he asked the man what sort of collateral he had. The man asked, “What’s collateral?” “It’s something of value that can cover the cost of the loan in case you’re unable to pay it back,” replied the banker. In conversation, the banker found out the man only owned a 1949 Chevy pickup, an old two-bedroom house, and a toothless horse.
Reluctantly the banker approved the loan. Several weeks later the man entered the bank with a fist full of money to pay his loan. The banker noticed the man had a rather large sum of money still in his hand and asked, “What are you going to do with the rest of your money?” “Put it in my pocket,” replied the man. “Why don’t you deposit it in our bank?” asked the banker. After explaining what it meant to deposit his money in the bank, the man looked suspiciously at the banker and asked, “What do you have for collateral?”
(Leviticus 25) I don’t think I want to go so far as calling God a socialist, but if the world had adopted the thinking of God we probably wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today. Because life is not all about worldly gain, God had in place a time of forgiveness and freedom from monetary problems.
Every fifty years was a Year of Jubilee, (v10) “... each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.” The chapter reveals a lot more in detail, but the idea was to go back to the basics of what was given them by God when they entered the Promised Land and be thankful for what God has done. People don’t trust and rely on God. Greed is king.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. His e-mail is email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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