Time to Stand Up...
I applaud Howard Schultz for his political activism (see his broadcast email, below). Not since Lee Iacocca, do I remember a Corporate CEO, addressing the public with such candor and concern.
Schultz is right. Washington is a mess! And not only our country; the entire world is in crises!
While it may be convenient for us Americans to blame Washington, let's remember that everyone in our government has been elected -- by a majority. They were elected by us, the collective, "we are all Americans", us, and as such, our government is a refection of America. The fact is, we all share responsibility for this mess, and therefore I think it is appropriate for us all to look inward. Greed and arrogance, have caused America to fall from favor. Nothing else.
In Deuteronomy 28, the Bible speaks of blessings for obedience and curses for dis-obedience. Modern man thinks that there is no connection between honoring God, and receiving favor. Until this last century, the connection was more or less universally understood by all cultures and faiths. Do we really think we can remove spirituality, faith, honor and obedience to God from our culture, and succeed?
Read Deuteronomy 28, and ask yourself if we are not reaping the harvest of disobedience listed as curses.
As I've learned through the teachings of Gwen Shamblin and the Remnant Fellowship Church, one person can make a difference. Each of us can make a difference, with a personal decision to take responsibility for our lives and to make a positive change, putting God and others first; recommitting to serve our families, friends, employers and communities. This teaching has changed my life.
I don't make a habit of preaching; but like Mr. Schultz, I too am concerned. America is in decline, and unless we turn to God and seek his favor, it's hard to imagine a positive outcome.