AMERICA, ENOUGH ALREADY ABOUT THE ECONOMY

I saw it again on the news today. The economy is SO bad, they said. Come on … what an insult it must be to God when we, as Americans, cry to Him about the economy!

  • We screamed for a couple of years about the gas prices … but did you know only 10% of the people in the world own a car? And we have 3 or 4 of them!

  • We say the economy is bad, but some how we spent 15 billion dollars on bottled water last year.
  • Some how as Americans, we spent 12 billion dollars on storage facilities last year to store our extra worldly possessions that we don’t have room for. And some people don’t even have a home!!!
  • Today you’ll ask, “Where are we going to eat?” or “When are we going to eat?” not, “Are we going to get to eat?” At least you won’t be finding your food at a garbage dump today.
  • Economist are worried and America is hurting because between Thanksgiving and Christmas this past year we ONLY spent, 470.4 billion dollars. Now understand, that is 11 million dollars a minute that we somehow spent between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I admit that the economy isn’t as strong as it has been, but admit it … we’re still a blessed people and we are living in a blessed nation. So, PLEASE stop the WHINING and BELLY-ACHING for a while, because “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

(COMMENT OF THE DAY: Larry Bob Lane said… “If your neighbor loses their job it probably is a recession. If you lose your job it is a depression”–Ronald Reagon.”)

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. freetolive says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen!

  2. Tim Archer says:

    Here’s a simple exercise: take your tax forms with you to a third world country and show the people there how bad things have gotten for you. I’m sure you’ll gets lots of sympathy.

    Actually, though, you might. Did you see this story?:
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6191730.html

  3. jel says:

    But Trey, somepeople are born Wine~ers ~bellyacher, (I)~ no they live for it take it away and there goes (my) I mean their reason for living ! :o(

    HAVE A NICE DAY! GO STEELERS! :o)

  4. Marlo B. says:

    Wooo I’m in Canada but the same whining starting here. I second everything that you said!

  5. Steve says:

    Good perspective! Some time in October I got so fed up with the constant bad news and negativity and fear based news reports that I just turned it off. The result has been that I am much more settled. I haven’t stuck my head in the sand, I grab a few headlines every day off the Internet, I have just gotten away from the negative spin that is presented by our news programs. No matter what happens with the economy, God will still be God!

  6. Angie says:

    The faithful have no reason to concern themselves with the economy of the nation. We have been given permission to ask, seek, and knock, and our Father will provide it from the most powerful bank in the universe if only we believe he is capable.

    We attract that on which we focus our attention. If we focus on gratefulness for the abundance in which we dwell, abundance will continue in spite of worldly circumstances. If we focus on doom and gloom, we are in a sense “asking, seeking, and knocking” on the door of doom and gloom and so it must be provided as promised.

    As Steve said, when believers choose to turn off their TV’s and refuse to watch the economic play by play, they are effectively shutting off the lifeline that feeds the negativity.

    I believe fear is the most frequently commanded “don’t go there” in the Bible, isn’t it? Fear not! Visualize the success of ourselves and our nation. Thank God for ever present abundance even before the rest of the world recognizes it.

  7. Rick Morgan says:

    Every Christian should take a mission trip to a third world country and when you get back lets see how much you complain.

  8. Leslie - From The Backwoods says:

    Personally I think this is a wake up call to America that life isn’t all about “stuff”. I see this as a chance for Christians to do a major work in the Lord. If we look back – a lot of the “ol’ time” revivals happened during the depression. People were forced to turn to God because there was no where else to turn.

    Yes, I agree – we are a blessed nation. But sometimes you have to lose something to realize just how blessed you were.

  9. Robert Lukenbill says:

    We are a blessed people in this blessed country. I agree we all need to stop whining and start looking at what we have instead…take a few minutes and write down everything God has blessed you with and you will think differently I am sure.

    On a side note, it was nice seeing President Elect Obama with a detailed plan of how to stimulate our economy. Although I did not vote for him, he is growing on me everyday. We can either support our leaders who are in office by the power of God (Romans 13) or we can be a part of the problem by whining and carrying on like the Israelites in the wilderness did…

    Great article Trey!

  10. Josh says:

    Does it take us to become a 3rd world country before we have the right to complain about it?

  11. Ryan B says:

    True that Trey. We have to remember to keep things in perspective.

  12. Evan Williams says:

    see im wondering what it is going to be like in Italy when i get over there if people are going to complain as much. its sad that every day people go out to eat, yet complain aboutt how weak the dollar is…… like the commercial says… looks strong to me

  13. Anonymous says:

    I agree totally with you and each of the comments above. This morning on Good Morning America they reported that 2 companies (they named them specically) in the adult entertainment industry are in search of being bailed out…..PEOPLE ARE CUTTING BACK ON THINGS AND NOT BUYING ENOUGH PORN AND SO THERE FOR THEY ARE SUFFERING! My husband and I both just looked at each other in disbelief. I would like to think that they would suffer enough to stop production all together and rid our world of there industry period!

    Michelle

  14. Bethany says:

    While I have to agree that those of us still blessed to have a job, be able to pay our bills, and provide food and the other necessities for our families should stop whining, let us not forget that just because we are not a third world country or getting our next meal from a trash dump, doesn’t mean things are going well for a lot of Americans.
    Many people struggling to get by before the “economic crisis”, and even many of those who weren’t, ARE facing perilous times. Jobs are being lost at an alarming rate, and many people who haven’t completely lost their jobs have had their hours and benefits cut to bare bones, causing many people to wonder where their next meal will come from and where they will live if they get evicted from their home.
    Let’s not forget those people that may be TRUELY struggling during this time.
    My own father had ALL of his benefits temporarily suspended and his hours drastically cut by his employer in an attempt by the company to save $$. His boss told him they were going to try everything they could to avoid having to lay people off. Thankfully, his wife still has a great paying job! My best friend’s husband had to close down his business recently. She has been a stay at home/ homeschooling mom for the past 9 years, and now they have NO income. He has been trying to find work, but that has proven easier said than done.
    Sorry to ramble, I am simply saying, please do not forget that these times ARE hard for many people.
    Now, if you have a job and food on your table STOP WHINING!!! No one cares that you only got to take one vacation this year instead of three-some people couldn’t afford even one, no one cares that your child didn’t get a Wii AND a new go-cart for Christmas-some children didn’t get Christmas at all, and no one cares that its been three weeks since you got to go out to eat at your favorite steakhouse. Try some 99 cent chicken nuggets from Wendy’s if you simply MUST go out to eat. to those people, life isn’t terrible because we’ve had to cut back! Most of us need to do that anyway. We are a nation of spoiled, overindulged brats (sorry don’t mean to be mean). For most of us, this could be just the wake up call we need to realize our quality of life shouldn’t be based on the “things” we have. Find joy in the blessings of the Lord. We ALL have something to be thankful for.
    Just my 2 cents worth. :)

  15. Peter P says:

    BUT…

    We’re children of God. We deserve the very best in life.

    If we pray and ask for it and believe that we will get it then we’ll get prosperity beyond our wildest dreams!

    We shouldn’t be worried about the economy because no matter what happens in the world around us we will be as prosperous as Solomon.

    Isn’t that what the gospel says?

    Oh… no… that’s right, it isn’t, is it?

    Thanks for the reminder that we are blessed beyond anything that any nation in history could have imagined and if we just learned to be satisfied with what we have rather than always wanting more we would be financially secure and wealthier than any other people group on earth.

  16. cwinwc says:

    Agreed although if you’re one of the ones out of work it does change the picture just a bit. Yet as you said, we are still a blessed nation.

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Bethany … thanks for the look from another direction.

  18. Leslie - From The Backwoods says:

    Bethany – I will be praying for your father and your friends. Our household is in a similar boat. The company my husband works for is doing various things to make cuts without actually laying people off. (Which is greatly appreciated.) They will be announcing some new “cuts” either tomorrow or Monday. Just something we are doing a our house – we know we will be getting a federal refund from our taxes. So we will be paying ahead on our “necessary” bills/debts – electric, etc with the refund. So that we will at least be covered there should the purse strings get tightened.

    Peter P – I have been having this discussion with a gentleman at church too. May I pose these questions –
    *Is prosperity only answered in accumulation of money?
    *If all the Christians were rich how would we be able to reach the people in poverty? It would be difficult, if not near impossible to be able to relate to them.
    *Just because we pray for something and believe – does that mean we will get it if it is not in God’s timing or will for us?

    Hope you don’t mind the back and forth Trey. Love the discussion your blog brings!

  19. Todd M says:

    It’s a scary scary realization but somehow, through efficiency, ingenuity, and unfortunately much more than a tad bit of greed, we have created a societal mess. If the majority of American do not consume and buy like crazy, then, quite quickly, an increasingly high number of people here and abroad have a difficult time surviving at all. Everyone gets poorer included the already very poor and it spirals downhill quickly.

    Your points are still valid — we are much much much blessed … but out of those blessings we also support much of the world in many ways through consumption and also through charitable giving.

    Your points are true, Trey, I couldn’t agree with you more. But as a businessperson, I assure you we have a real mess on our hands that affects the rich Americans, yes, but also the not rich Americans and, in fact, many of the most impoverished of our world.

    Despite all this, though, I know that God loves us, and He will provide for us. I hope and pray that ultimately this is a period which drives more and more of us to the hope and promise of the Christ child including we rich Americans who are in most cases much farther from Him than are the poorest of the poor.

  20. Peter P says:

    Leslie,

    I’m sorry, tone of voice is so hard to portray in writing.

    I do not believe in the ‘prosperity gospel’ apart from that if we believe and follow the true gospel we will prosper spiritually and our reward will be in heaven.

    God gives to those who it is right for him to give to. Some people He gives great financial wealth to because He knows they will be wise with it. Others he allows to live in poverty because their calling is to the poor – but he never gives us a task that we cannot handle!

    As for the prayer issue, the way I read it, when you are willing to pray within the will of God, He will give you what you ask for. When you pray in greed or to achieve your own ends, He generally doesn’t.

    We need to understand that we have something worth more than silver or gold, we have what everyone really needs and we have the promise from our heavenly father that we do not need to worry about tomorrow because He is watching over us and will look after us. We may not always have a feast on the table, we may not always even have food on the table but we will have everything we need to do what He has called us to do, to be the people He has made us to be and to reach out to the world He has told us to reach out to!

  21. Terry says:

    Trey,
    You have a good point.

    Bethany,
    You do, too. I was going to write something similar, but you did it better than I would have.

  22. jel says:

    i must say,
    if ya live in mo, and are out of a of work or layed off for a while

    good luck in try to get your umemployment check, it can make an grown person cry!

  23. Peter P says:

    Bethany wrote an awesome comment and Jel mad a great point too.

    I wrote a post a few days ago about commercialism in the church. How there’s always the latest book to buy and the latest retreat to go on, how it’s all money, money, money.

    I had responses from a couple of people who God has called to write books and they reminded me that there are two sides to every story. On the one hand rampant commercialism is wrong but on the other hand people need to earn enough to live on.

    If my wife were to lose her job then we would most probably lose our house and our car within a couple of months. In some ways I could call that extreme poverty.

    Who knows? Maybe soon after that we’d be living on the streets eating at soup kitchens – but then we’d STILL be better off than millions of people in this world. It’s all a matter of expectations.

  24. Haley says:

    Great points; I think sometimes we all need to step back and gain a little perspective on things.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Great points everyone. I’ve been thinking lately how much we sound like the children of Israel in the desert griping about what they didn’t have and how God had mistreated them. Whine, gripe, I’ll bet God hates that as much as I do. We don’t have much money, or extras but don’t really need them. I never go hungry, am still a believer in God and His love and care. But then no, I’ve never had it bad. Not real good, but wonderfully blessed. gmj

  26. Fillmycup says:

    Amen!

  27. TREY MORGAN says:

    I appreciate the comments. I’ve learned a lot today from you.

  28. Amanda KP says:

    thanks for putting this into perspective and reminding us just how much God has blessed our nation!!!

  29. katy says:

    For those who do have a stable job, it is God’s blessing to you, not to keep for yourself. I think it’s time for us to learn to give more. Instead of sitting back “I’m glad I’m doing ok”, we can give to people who need it, and to Christian organizations who are not getting enough donations to support their ministries.

    Maybe that is the reason why you haven’t lose your job.

  30. Gabrielle Eden says:

    Excellent post, Trey!

  31. Cornelius Crew says:

    Thanks for the excellent reminders! I too get so tired of hearing about all this. Partly because I dont understand half of the mumbo jumbo that they the economist talk about, but mostly because I know that God is in control and He will take care of us! I just try to look for the positives. Kent tells me that it is good that I don’t understand what the economist say! Sometime ignorance is bliss I guess! :) I saw your parents this past week(I don’t get by there often enough) and we had such a good visit!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Simply said… God will meet all of our needs, not necessairly our wants.

    I have seen way too many Christians being overcome with the idea that we deserve the best, and define that as material goods. They work two jobs, come home exhausted and then give there best to God?

    Complain and wonder why their walk with Christ is off key and always lack money. Meantime, they drive two big cars, send their children to private school, and have a very nice, (much more than adequate) house.

    Get real, sell a car, trash the television cable, trade down to a modest house, dump the extra job, and get to know your spouse, children, and God again!

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