The ultimate American fantasy is the idea that you can spend today and pay tomorrow. Today consumer debt makes up almost 80% of the national gross domestic product. In 2007, just before the great recession, consumer debt was over 95% of the GDP and personal savings was below 2%. Do you see a connection here? Our “paper economy” is built largely on DEBT. That is not sustainable. The main culprit in 2007 was mortgage debt. Now we see college debt emerging, which I think will be the next bubble to burst. I have said it many times, after income tax, the 30-year mortgage is the worst thing ever to happen to the American family. I know, I have one. The American dream has become the American nightmare. You want to give your kids something of value? Teach them the value of learning a marketable skill. Teach them to live simply and pay for things as they go. Teach them to avoid debt and mortgages. You will be teaching them how to live as free people.
“When the family is strong, government can be small. When the family is weak, however, the government must compensate for the loss. By focusing on the family, we respect and better the community.” – Dr. Albert Mohler (“Toward a Christian View of Economics”, Tabletalk Magazine, February 2017)
Strong families are the answer to big government. Could it be that simple? Yes. Strong families build strong communities. Just think of how many government programs that would not be needed if families were strong. Family units are the building blocks of a society. When families break down, the society breaks down. Add moral relativism to a society of weak families and you have a recipe for disaster. We desperately need a return to the Biblical worldview of family, community and government. God has ordained them all, and we can find instruction in His Word.
Just today, I read about two house fires that killed eight people, six of which were small children. And these are just the ones I know about; I’m sure there were many more. That’s why I HATE house fires, and every other firefighter should hate them too. They should hate them so much, that they will do everything in their power to prevent them. This means the job is more than training and waiting on the next call. Our job is not only to extinguish fires, but to prevent them. All of us, not just the prevention folks or the fire marshals; all fire department personnel are responsible fire prevention, period. All firefighters should hate house fires and hope they never go to another one.
6 children killed in fire; 3 others, mother hospitalized
Sisters killed in fatal Sumter house fire
How many times have you heard “What did we do before cell phones?” My short answer is: we planned better. We probably did a lot of other things better too. The cell phone age has created the environment of the immediate. Everything happens now. Everything is last minute. Because everything is last minute, we get upset when someone doesn’t answer their cell phone the first time we call. The reality is, you can’t always be available. If you try to always be available, then you are never available for the things that really matter, like family meals around the kitchen table and changing dirty diapers (yes, changing dirty diapers matters dads). What about email? Are you one of those folks who has push enabled on your phone and it dings every time you get a new email? And you check your phone every time it dings? Good grief. When emailing me, pretend that the email you just sent is like the regular mail. It will be a day or two before I read it, and then another day or two before I respond, assuming a response is even necessary. Learn to unplug regularly. Life will go on, I promise.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
-President Abraham Lincoln, from a Proclamation for National Fast Day, April 1863
America does not need any new laws right now. We need to be reminded of the two greatest laws:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39)
Love first for God, and then for your neighbor is the fulfillment of the law and the answer to all of our problems.
In honor of today being #SocialMediaDay…
- New platform launches, it’s all free and easy to use.
- All the kids go to this platform.
- User accounts skyrocket.
- Then all those kids’ parents get on this platform so they can keep track of their kids.
- Then the platform starts selling ads since they now have users with money.
- Then all the kids leave the platform for the next new one and the cycle continues.