As I write the content of this blog article the world is in an extremely volatile place. Many experts are predicting an economic crash akin to the 2008 crash or a full-scale recession. That is awful news for everyone. During the 2008 market crash unemployment numbers began to soar, real estate agents became obsolete and economic times were in utter turmoil. From the Christian worldview we understand that our world is fragile. And even though the world around us often recognizes this they still refuse to humble themselves beneath the hand of Almighty God and so God continues to humble mankind. An interesting article appeared in the media that tapped into the psychology of the world's global economic makeup. Writing for Telegraph, Allister Heath writes:
"We are too fragile, fiscally as well as psychologically. Our economies, cultures and polities are still paying a heavy price for the Great Recession; another collapse, especially were it to be accompanied by a fresh banking bailout by the taxpayer, would trigger a cataclysmic, uncontrollable backlash."
Words like "cataclysmic" are remarkable when we think about the fact that we live in a world that for thousands of years is trying so desperately to get things right on their own without God. The Bible makes it absolutely clear that this present evil age has been subjected by God to a state of futility. Economic utopia will never and can never be achieved; and therefore we should never expected to (cf. Rom. 8.20ff.). Living in a post Genesis 3 world means economies fail no matter how large and how seemingly prosperous, and banks fail no matter how enormous their financial reach or their past success, and investments fail to yield their returns because there are simply some aspects of living in a fallen society that no investor can foresee regardless of how skilled they may be. All of this tells us that the world that we live in is extremely fragile despite how technologically advanced things are getting; we can easily see the complete opposite namely, how technology is but another platform for further evil. But in times of cataclysmic economic crisis no one knows exactly how to begin to stabilize society again. The stock market will ebb and flow, brokers will either invest or sale, and the consumer is scared of the future as they lose the will to spend.
Even if as many experts predict, an economic crisis is looming on the horizon so that in a year or two we might indeed find ourselves living in a state of recession or worse, the hope of the believer remains constant- or it should. Simply put, our hope is not in this world it is in a person, Jesus Christ. He is the one that not only grants us hope but in parts to us a worldview that is realistic knowing that trials and tribulations are as appointed to us as the Gates of Heaven. In fact it is the testimony of scripture everywhere that trials and suffering proceed Glory. This is the pattern for believers because this was the pattern for Jesus himself:
Hebrews 2:10 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is that our hope does not disappoint (Rom. 5.4), our hope is otherworldly (1 Pet. 1.3-5), and our hope is rooted in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross (1 Tim. 1.1). The stockbroker does not have this hope because the cities of men consist of constant fluctuating markets that will forever remain unpredictable. The economists cannot hope in future economic forecasts because it will remain constantly changing with the times. But our hope is transcendent because it not only keeps up with the times it transcends them and lifts us up out of the muck and the mire of digital stress, global unrest, as well as mystery illnesses. In our gospel presentation this is the hope that we must set forth to people who are desperately in need of Jesus Christ The Prince of Peace and the hope of the Nations. The more fragile society becomes, the more societies around the world continue crumble, and the more our own nation continues down the path of moral decline the more our God should shine in faithfulness, hope and peace.