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Stop being afraid

If you associate with the type of people I do there is a lot of uncertainty if not outright fear today. Many people are wondering: What is happening to America? Where is it going? It is an issue I have been thinking about a lot lately as the focus of a book I am writing. 

For those of us that believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the question becomes: What can we do about it? The answer ultimately boils down to a basic principle that people of faith need to live their faith. If everyone who claimed to be some form of Christian, for example, would just live their life according to the precepts of that faith, the country, and world would be a different place. How on earth do we make that happen? I believe it has to start with each one of us making a concerted effort to stop being afraid.

Why do Christians hide their faith in fear of ridicule? I think a big reason is that many feel alone. Many who claim Christianity as their faith have unconsciously bought into the pervasive ideas of moral relativism. This leads them to believe that it is not their place to tell someone else what is right or wrong. Ultimately this results in living your faith in the shadows, separating your faith life from your public one. Doesn’t this undermine the very foundations of faith?

I would like to issue a simple challenge. I know many reading this blog already do this, but maybe if you share this challenge with others it will lead to something. The challenge is this: When you go out to dinner with your family and friends make sure you pray before every meal. Nothing overtly obnoxious or in your face. Just a simple, natural but visible prayer. I believe that if it were common to see fifty percent or more of the people in a restaurant praying, more people would have the courage to stand up for what they believe. People of faith would feel less alone. People of faith would slowly stop being afraid.

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You won’t here me say that all too often. But today’s WSJ headline is right about one thing: America will suffer a ‘Lost Decade’. Of course that is if you accept that the definition of ‘Lost’ means zero economic growth. 

He is also right that recent Republican programs have not helped the situation. Those programs were wrong for the very same reason his program is wrong – they irresponsibly expanded government. His program isn’t a change from the poor practices of the last several years – they are a massive magnification of them. Isn’t it a bit like saying a bottle rocket is a bad idea but here use this intercontinental missile.

I fully agree with most economist that economic growth is a good thing. But few, other then seemingly most politicians in D.C., would argue that economic growth must occur at all costs. Economic growth should not be pushed beyond fiscal responsibility. Is Obama’s argument really: Now that American consumer’s are completely overextended it is time for the government to step in and become even more overextended then they were? Wait isn’t that what got us into this mess?

When you analyze the so called economic stimulus plan you realize that it will have no effect on the ‘Lost Decade’, all it will do is hyper-overextend the American Government. Do we really want to take our already overextended government and push it beyond all hope of recovery? Let’s incur such massive debt that there really is no way out? This philosophy seemed to work for the average American consumer, just when they couldn’t possibly borrow another penny to spend, the government jumped in to help ‘rescue’ them. But I want to know, after the government does this, who is going to ‘rescue’ them? Wait, who is the government again?

Look, we grew too fast by relying on massive debt. It is time to return to responsible fiscal policy. Instead of looking at it as a ‘Lost Decade’ let us look at it as the decade America got its act together. Otherwise a ‘Lost Decade’ will be the least of our worries. The bailout won’t prevent a ‘Lost Decade’ it will push a ‘Lost Country’ over the top.

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