Tuesday, October 18, 2011

U.S. Steal: The moral root of our financial trouble

You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15

Gold is a money created by God and as such has intrinsic and lasting value.  In Genesis 13:2 we read, "Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold." In Revelation 21:21 we read "...And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass."  Gold also imposes fiscal discipline on nations hindering the manipulation of currencies and international trade.  Gold helps keep men and nations honest.  Consequently, there is no doubt a global financial catastrophe is upon us and reasons why are all over the map.  Hugo Salinas Price, founder of Mexico's Elektra retail chain, has done an excellent job getting to the moral root of the matter which has much to do with government theft on a global scale.  U.S. repentance would be as good as gold:

The gold standard: generator and protector of jobs
Hugo Salinas Price

The abandonment of the gold standard in 1971 is closely tied to the massive unemployment the industrialized world has suffered in recent years; Mexico, even with a lower level of industrialization than the developed countries, has also lost jobs due to the closing of industries; in recent years, the creation of new jobs in productive activities has been anemic at best.

The world’s financial press, in which leading economists and analysts publish their work, never examines the relationship between the abandonment of the gold standard and unemployment, de-industrialization, and the huge chronic export deficits of the Western world powers. Might it be due to ignorance? We are reluctant to think so, given that the articles appearing in the world’s leading financial publications are written by quite intelligent analysts. Rather, in our opinion, it is an act of self-censorship to avoid incurring the displeasure of the important financial and geopolitical interests that are behind the financial press.

In this article we discuss the relationship between loss of the gold standard and the present financial chaos, which is accompanied by severe “structural imbalances” between the historically dominant industrial powers and their new rivals in Asia.  Read the full article

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christ Preached the Law

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Matthew 5:17

We live in a confusing time and nowhere is the confusion more evident than in the Church.  Good is called evil and evil good, by those that are supposed to be the guardians of Truth.  This is especially true when it comes to how God’s Law is viewed.  The Law of God is the fundamental basis of the gospel or good news, and apart from it, the gospel has no meaning, yet in the church today, the Law is viewed as somehow contrary to the gospel.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Even so, the modern church has fabricated a Lawless gospel in which the Law is not honored at all, but despised.  In the modern church’s view, the Law has been supplanted by Christ and put out of gear.  The popular mantra of the day is “we preach grace, not law”, this despite the fact that Christ preached the Law.

Men naturally despise the Law of God and they are repulsed by its morality; it is the morality of their Creator they are despising.  This ought to tell us something when we see church leaders repulsed by the same Law and evidencing it in their presentation of the gospel.  Referring to the work of God’s Spirit in the coming gospel age, the prophet Jeremiah tells us, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  The prophet was speaking of a moral transformation brought about by the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that originally wrote the same Law on tablets of stone.  We can only hope for this prophecy’s fulfillment in our day.  We will see the evidence of this blessing when a people delight in the law of God.

Christ is the complement (something that completes or perfects something else) of the Law.  In musical terms, the Law is the lyrics, Christ is the actual song.  The essential message of the gospel is that Christ perfectly keeps the Law on behalf of the man or woman that looks to Him in faith for this purpose, allowing them to have a full relationship with the Maker of the “holy and righteous and good” Law, instead of being snuffed out for falling short.  In the end, the Law never changes, good never becomes evil, and the moral expectations of God for man still remain in force; they are not relaxed in any way.  The Law of God is inseparable from Christ’s life because Christ is the Law fleshed out; Christ preached the Law, even if He had never spoken a word.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Watching a Lawless Society Breakdown in Real-time

“So keep and do them, 
for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples
who will hear all these great statutes and say,

 'Surely this great nation is a wise and  understanding people.'”
 Deut. 4:6

Social breakdowns are becoming regular guests on the network news, the Occupy Wall Street protest being one of the latest.  Recently, CNN spotlighted the issue and in one particular segment an Occupy Wall Street participant was questioned.  Assuming the role of a spokesman and in response to the reporter’s question, the supposed professor described what it was they were protesting against: “Corporate greed!” he exclaimed.  Wealth inequality seemed to be a great part of what he disliked.  Eventually, the CNN reporter got around to asking the professor what he would recommend.  The professor’s response was void of any specifics; what you’d expect from someone in the dark.  Occupy Wall Street is not a healthy show of democracy as some would suggest, it's evidence of a society breaking down.  It's an end game strategy and is what you should expect from a nation that has spurned the wisdom of God’s Law.

In Leviticus 25, after the initial partitioning of the land by tribe, the Divine Legislator instituted the Year of Jubilee, a national reset that was to occur every 50th year.  The Year of Jubilee was a law made known to all of Israel up front and out in the open, not a crisis response.  Its purpose was to periodically re-establish the wide distribution of productive land and thereby promote widespread liberty among the people of God; political liberty via economic liberty, not government taxation and re-distribution of wealth as many would advocate today.  Similarly, in the early stages of American colonization, our leaders were virtually forced out of necessity to offer a widespread distribution of land.  This is how we historically developed a widespread distribution of liberty, but to our detriment, a periodic national reset was never devised.

Societies are like live-action Monopoly games–the progression is toward all property ending up in the hands of the few.  Everyone else is forced to pay rent.  Globally, there are no national spectators, not even the Divinely-legislated nation of Israel found exemption from play; Monopoly is due to the greedy nature of man.  However, the Lord illustrated a way to wisely moderate the game by addressing the issue in His Law.  We would do well to listen.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Good Smelling Feet

Feels like we're just waiting, waiting 
While our hearts are just breaking, breaking
Feels like we've been fighting against the tide

I wanna see the earth start shaking
I wanna see a generation
Finally waking up inside
Switchfoot, “Where I belong”

I was raised on a diet of AC/DC (v1.0), Blackfoot, The Smiths, and Gene Loves Jezebel.  I still have an affinity for this style of music (Can I make an argument that I was born this way?). Such was life on the Dark Side.  When the Spirit of God began to change my heart in the mid-80s, my affinity for certain music also began to change.  I can recall distinctly the time when in my small apartment directly adjacent to the campus of UNC in Chapel Hill, I began to become aware of the lyrics that were streaming through my head and off my tongue.  I found myself karoaking one of The Smiths' songs: I was singing about getting into some guys underwear!  At that point my collection of music found a new home in the trash can.  Needless to say, my alternatives at the time were very limited.  What was I to listen to, The Florida Boys?  Thank God for coming to the rescue.  This generation has a plethora of Christian musicians offering a variety of musical fuel for the iPods of a righteous generation, everything from what some would term “worship” to what I would call righteous war chants; in short, music that honors the Lord of music.  Switchfoot's latest release Vice Verses falls in that camp.  I would highly recommend it for the whole family.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

To Hell With Heaven

The modern gospel is commonly presented as an offer to go to heaven, Christ being the ticket to the heavenly land.  Who would not want to go?  I mean, given the usual alternative of an everlasting hell, would anybody turn the offer down?  Even the devil would choose heaven over hell.  After all, no one likes to suffer, not even the devil.  Nevertheless, Christ did not send out His apostles as travel agents for heaven.  He did send them out with a message of reconciliation as the apostle Paul states, "Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation." (2 Cor. 5:18,19) Christ Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)  The destination we need to get to is relational, not geographical.  We need to get to the Father, not to heaven.  Man's problem is he is an avowed enemy of his Creator.  Man is an active enemy combatant, at variance with God's Law.  Man is in need of reconciliation, not heaven.  Sadly, the modern church has turned heaven into a lethal distraction, and as a result, many will end up in hell.