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The Source for Stability and Security 09/26/2008

Financial Meltdown

A shaky economy raises
tough questions.


Where can you find financial security? Perhaps the better question to ask is this: To whom do you look for any kind of security?

In any election year, I stand amazed at all the promises made by political candidates. The Bible clearly says to look "unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." (Psalm 121:1) In today's world, people erroneously look to "The Hill" as their hope and source for meaningful help. This has led people to look in the wrong direction for a security and provision. Sadly, many find comfort in blaming everyone else for the problems they encounter and erroneously look to government as the solution.

People tend to blame their economic dissatisfaction on everyone and everything else other than themselves. Parents, a spouse, an employer, corporate greed, a global economy...the list of culprits goes on. As a result, people live with a feeling that their life is unfairly difficult compared to everyone else.

So when a political, religious or other social leader tells them who to blame and offers misguided solutions, they readily believe and follow. This victimization mentality is unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

When Betty and I were married over 45 years ago, we both got jobs. We understood the importance of work, but we never depended on our employers for security. We were secure in our faith and our love for each other. At the same time, we tried to exercise financial wisdom: we worked real hard and didn't buy anything we could not afford. When we didn't have a washer and dryer, we went to the laundromat. When we couldn't afford a television, we just talked to each other. We never resented that some people made more in a week or even a day than we made all year; we were grateful for what we had. We were content in need or in bounty. Economics was never the determining factor for our happiness or security.

We determined that we would work hard and try to make good decisions. A year and two months after we married we had our first child. When we decided that Betty would stay home to care for our daughter in order to live on my income, we lived in a 10 x 50 trailer. There is no shame in that -- not when you work hard, love one another, and do the best you can. We made good decisions and never expected someone else to take care of us. We only bought a house when we could make a substantial down payment and knew we could afford the monthly payments.

Much of the present crisis is due to the manipulation of those who could not afford the home loan that was pushed on them. Loans with escalating interest and outrageous hidden fees only serve greedy lenders. Both politicians and greedmongers fed the current meltdown.

Sadly, those who have used capitalism rightly are being blamed because of deception. Ever-increasing socialism will likely be welcomed by those who do not yet understand the principle of sowing and reaping and the law of the harvest.

Financial advisor Dave Ramsey emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility by stating that your financial situation is determined by what goes on in your house, not the White House. You cannot make bad financial decisions and not reap financial disaster. Likewise, when you have wisdom and understanding, you will prosper over the long run. But when your true source is a higher place than Washington and a stronger place than Wall Street, you can live in peace and contentment regardless of the news.

If you want true security, don't look to the government or an employer as your source. Look to God and practice sound principles. His investments never turn bad and He is never bankrupt. At the same time, you must work hard and smart. Depending on God doesn't mean being lazy.

Greed, selfishness and manipulation are wrong, whether it's on the part of a small-business owner or banking giant, but it is equally wrong to blame everybody else for the problems you face or your own failure to get moving. There are jobs. They may not be exactly what you want, but they are there. I didn't want to spend my life with the 40-cent-an-hour job I had as a teenager, but I wanted to work. People are coming across the border continuously to take jobs that other people won't take.

Americans must stop looking to Capitol Hill for help. We must work and build good families. Those who look to "The Hill" in Washington rather than "the hills" in the Bible will only sink deeper into the muck of poverty and dependence. History's wisest man said, "When the blind lead the blind, they all get in the ditch."

Big business is in the ditch. Government is in the ditch. Don't depend on them or you know where you will end up. No man is the source of our stability, security or comfort. Look to the One who never fails, but eternally rests on higher ground.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

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