It's no secret, the world is in financial turmoil.
In Europe, they've got a few countries (Britain, France and Germany) propping up other countries (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain) in order to keep the Euro going.
In America, we've got Occupy Wall Street (or Oakland, or Houston, or Washington D.C....) movement that is calling for a more "fair" distribution of wealth. On the other end of the Spectrum, we've got politicians who are getting donations from corporations, which then get loopholes, contracts, and (especially) bailouts from the politicians. These corporations often turn around and use those bailouts for themselves--their own "corporate greed"--more than to help the people and customers.
What's a Christian to think?
What is a follower of Jesus Christ supposed to do in these times?
Let me suggest that the FIRST thing we need to do is pray. Seek the Lord. HE is our hope and our provider!
" I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!" (Psalm 121:1-2)
Our only REAL hope is not in our currency, in our goverment, in the United Nations, or anything else...our hope is in the Lord!
The SECOND thing to do, I would suggest, is to commit ourselves--again--to following Him, NO MATTER WHAT our circumstances are, and NO MATTER WHAT our circumstances become!
Whether you or I are working or not, rolling in money or not, or securely in our homes or not, we MUST stand up and follow the Lord!
That means that you and I--as followers of Jesus--must not allow ourselves to slip into (among other things) selfishness.
Selfishness is anti-Christian.
If there is one person in history who was unselfish, it was Jesus. He denied Himself, took on the form of a human, with all its limitations, then died at the hands of those humans He came to save!
It doesn't take much thought to realize that this idea is radical, compared to what we normally see and hear about on the news.
The "Fat-cat CEO's"--selfish? Yup!
The Occupy Wall Street "Protestors"--selfish? You Bet your student loan, they are!
BOTH groups are putting 'self' first--and blaming the other for doing precisely the same thing!
'Selfishness' has NOTHING TO DO with the amount of money you have! It has EVERYTHING TO DO with the kind of person you allow yourself to be, the kind of focus and motivation you choose to have, and the goals you have in your life.
We have probably all known wealthy (or at least 'well-to-do') people who are very generous. I've known some very wealthy people who are kind, generous, and sacrificial.
...but you may not have thought about how 'selfish' many of the people you've known who do NOT have much money are being!
Anyone who seems to say "I want more money, I deserve more money, I demand more money", and (especially) "I want YOUR money" is being selfish, period. We can excuse it all we want, but for a follower of Jesus Christ, there is NO EXCUSE!
We MUST rise above the current "us vs. them" mindset and set a new tone!
We MUST seek to follow Jesus--in word and in deed--no matter what others are doing.
The truth is that Europe may collapse...and if it does, America may do so as well--and then, if that happens, you and I are going to need to determine--are we going to be Christ followers who help each other, or are we going to be selfish people who only look out for our own interests?
It has NOTHING to do with how much money you have!
"Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross." (Philippians 2:3-8)