A problem of morals and ethics, not dollars and cents was published on October 31st 2008.
The federal government has chosen to rescue major financial institutions with a $700 billion “bailout plan” in the hope of avoiding a national economic crisis. Yet, the government’s solution does not address the real root cause of the problem.
Individuals have bought homes beyond their means. Lending companies have knowingly sold people mortgages they could never afford. Politicians have encouraged such transactions while receiving political contributions from Fannie and Freddie. Executives handed out excessive bonuses while requesting money from the government. The root cause of the problem is not simply one of dollars and cents, but of morals and ethics.
Any financial solution that does not address the mindset and behavior of Americans at all levels will not result in lasting change. No political personality, Democrat or Republican, will be able to save our country from the economic woes caused by corruption and greed.
Instead, our nation is in need of an economic “baptism of repentance.” Long ago a true maverick and instrument of change came on the scene and transformed the landscape of his people. His name was John the Baptist. His message was simple, “Bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Matthew 3:8) He told the tax collectors not to “collect more than what is appointed to you.” (Luke 3:13) He told the rich not to be greedy but to share their wealth.
The gospel is the ultimate model for true change. John the Baptist preached a message of repentance to pave the way for the ultimate bailout plan, salvation through Jesus Christ, who bore all of our sin debt on the cross. In the same light, unless our government restrains their assistance to cases where there is evidence of true remorse over wrong and personal accountability, we will continue down a path of even greater fiscal recidivism.
The best option was published in the Bucks County Courrier Times on March 20th 2008.
Americans are eager for change. The economy, the war in Iraq, national security and health care are areas of contention and discontent for many Americans.
We seem to be in search of a political genius, a messiah of sorts, who will take action to banish our pain and injustice while providing a more promising future for our nation.
While the selection of the next president will play a crucial role in determining the direction of our country for the next four years, he or she will indeed face the limitations and frustrations of time and space.
The next president will be human.
The expectations we now raise for our next leader far exceed what any man or woman could achieve single-handedly.
Yet, there is an undeniable hunger within us for a person who could eradicate every problem, a country with true freedom and a time of great peace.
There is a man with all the answers, a country without problems and a time of euphoria beyond human comprehension. The man’s name is Jesus, the country is heaven and the time is eternity. To learn more, read the Bible. In the meantime, vote your conscience and pray for the best.
Let My People Go was published in the Trenton Times in May 2005.
As an American of Lebanese decent I am excited to see the movement to oust Syria from Lebanon. The looming presence of the Syrian army with the restraints by their government has oppressed the Lebanese people socially, economically and politically. As a Christian, I believe this liberation to be a work of God’s hand for two reasons. Historically, God has worked to liberate the oppressed, the afflicted and the downtrodden. In the Old Testament we see God rallying his people to overcome the oppressive hand of Pharaoh. In the New Testament we hear JEsus announce his mission “to proclaim liberty to the captives” and “to set at liberty those who are oppressed”. Secondly, God often uses the death of a good man to bring forth new life and freedom. Jesus said that “unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” In Lebanon’s case, it was the killing of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who longed for a free Lebanon that sparked anti-Syrian demonstrations. In our own American history we honor men like Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who ultimately lost their lives for their work with civil liberties. Most of all, we must reflect on the death of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind and his resurrection that brings new life. My hope and prayer is that God will continue to work in Lebanon as He did in Egypt to
“LET MY PEOPLE GO!”