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Calm in the Face of Crisis 02/13/2009

House Leader Nancy Pelosi

Some in Washington use panic and fear to promote their agenda.


We face many challenges in the United States which affect all of the free world. Corporate greed and inappropriate government policies have caused serious economic problems. An abusive credit system has contributed to the recession. We seem to be addicted to spending beyond our means. An entire culture of manipulation encourages uncontrolled debt.

When facing such monumental challenges, we must understand the importance of maintaining calm and allowing peace of mind to prevail. The Bible says we are to let the peace of God guard our hearts and our minds. Jesus said He offers peace not as the world gives it, but that only He can give.

One tendency is to base our sense of peace on unreliable promises of security. When we face a crisis, we may need to deal with it quickly, but we must always deal with it effectively. It is impossible to be effective without a spirit of prevailing peace and calm.

When Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger faced an emergency as he piloted the US Airways flight, he did not panic. If he had, the results would have been catastrophic. He understood the urgency of the situation, but he maintained his composure, relied on his professional experience and training, and responded with a peace of mind that saved lives and brought him admiration worldwide. He immediately eliminated the landing areas he could not safely reach and picked the best remaining possibility in the Hudson River. He avoided obstacles in his path, maintained the proper angle of the plane, held the wings level and successfully completed a safe water landing. At the last moment he gave final instructions to the passengers and the flight attendants followed his lead. Then the world watched the miracle on the Hudson!

Somehow, our nation's leaders must learn from this experience. Our President erroneously said this week that federal government is "the only entity left with the resources to jolt the U.S. economy back to life." He went on to say, "It is only government that can break the vicious cycle where lost jobs lead to people spending less money which leads to even more layoffs."

The fact is, throughout history our government has often responded incorrectly with devastating results. By failing to remain calm and ignoring wise counsel, we have fallen away from proven foundational principles. Our leaders can actually fan the flames of panic. Presently, we have a house divided and many leaders unable to hear. It seems "the more you stir it, the more it stinks!" We appear to be establishing a course that has never benefitted any nation in recorded history.

One weakness of democracy is that the majority is often wrong. We may be willingly moving toward policies and practices that have the potential to destroy that which made America great. Real power does not come from Capitol Hill. Our hope does not lie in Washington D.C. We must pray for God to give us the presence and peace of mind to respond quickly when necessary, but always wisely. Like Captain Sully's splash landing in the Hudson, we are facing a dangerous situation. Panic and compulsive actions that run counter to history's lessons will be devastating. This applies not only our economy, but also to the enemies who have pledged to destroy far more than our financial security.

May God give us the calmness, character and courage to wisely face every threat. We have been blessed to live in this prosperous nation and privileged to share freedom around the world, but we could wreck it all with hasty and foolish actions that produce painful consequences far beyond our lifetime.

Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 608

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.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.