Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Heaven help us

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Without the bill, Ryan added, "the worst is yet to come."

"We're in this moment, and if we fail to do the right thing, Heaven help us." he said.


I was struck by the quote above spotted on the internet yesterday.  A fascinating thing is happening right now.  There is a sense of national crisis...problems that seem to touch every person and every home in our land.  Politicians, media and just about every American is spending at least part of their day thinking about the same issue.  The problem seems complicated and serious.  There are concerns that our quality of life, and perhaps even our basic needs, could be affected.  We need an answer and we seem to be crying out for help.  Representative Ryan felt desperate enought to invoke "Heaven" in the quote above.  It's interesting that Heaven is characterized as a safety net rather than a source of wisdom and solutions.  The current financial crisis reminds me of the always-present sin crisis.  This facet of human nature that is common to all, affects our quality of life...indeed the defference maker between eternal life and death.  You would think our people, media and leaders would be interested in a sin solution even more than a "subprime loan" solution.   I wish our people would cry out as much for help with this issue as we are for the financial ills we have...but I suspect we'll need to reach a point where we need Heaven as the first choice rather than the last resort before that occurs.


1 Peter 2:4-8 (The Message Version) Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you'll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.



Rob Smith


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