Sunday, April 05, 2009

God and the Economy

I preached Sunday on Risk and Recession, exploring what God might be teaching us through this economic downturn. We spent some time looking at 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Check out these very appropriate words for us today:
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs...

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
I shared some quotes about what has happened in the last 30 years to our economy and how it has exposed our own excesses in life. You can check out these very interesting articles:

Time magazine had a cover article last week called The End of Excess, which is a good overview of the financial meltdown. Like usual, Kurt Anderson, the author of the article wants to say there were moral failings along the way, but without turning to Scripture, what basis do we have for saying we acted inappropriately?

Gordon MacDonald has an article in Leadership Magazine where he addresses how Christian leaders should speak into the financial crisis. The article is called Speaking into the Meltdown, and it is a basic call for prophetic voices in the church modeled after the prophets in the Old Testament.

I also found John Piper's sermon called, What is the Recession For?, very helpful in his biblical understanding of how a sovereign God can use difficult times to awaken a heart in His people for personal repentance.

Have fun looking over these resources...

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