– Economic Melt-Down

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At the turn of the year 2021 the influence of other nations in Canada is such that it appears Canada is now ripe to be taken over by at least one much more powerful nation. At the heart of this situation is the influence of money.

For decades foreign interests have flooded North American markets with all kinds of products sold at a price that undercuts anything made at home. Being able to produce their goods in a much cheaper manner is part of the way that some of those nations function as dictatorships. Their people can easily be forced into slave labour for the cause.

The fact that their populations are larger than Canada’s means there is a lot to choose from in finding those slaves. Never mind that the products are sometimes inferior to what is produced in North America; when our populations are so focused on saving a few dollars that they’ll buy ‘Made in China’ or “Made in Pakistan’ over ‘Made in Canada’, that’s all it takes over a sustained period of time, to undermine the Canadian economy entirely.

It’s mind-boggling to consider how much of Canada’s imports originate from China alone. Go to any shop and try to find labels that don’t say ‘Made in China.’ Everything from clothing to housewares to Dollar Store items flood our markets so local businesses are greatly challenged to compete. When the almighty dollar takes the place of Almighty God in our lives, this is where it goes. It takes faith to spend more to support Canada’s economy. Call it faith spending in the sense that we use money in a way that resists thinking that cheaper is better. It’s not.

There is now sufficient evidence to suggest that the recent virus was deliberately planned to shut down North American economies so a complete economic take-over could occur. Think of how many small businesses were not allowed to open while much bigger chain stores full of goods made in other nations, were presented as if they were part of the solution during such emergency situations. In fact, if the goal was really to limit exposure to a supposedly deadly virus it doesn’t make sense to have huge crowds of people lined up to use the biggest stores at central locations, instead of insisting they patronize smaller ones close to their homes.

One needs only to consider who benefits from such a scenario, to understand the motivations for creating it. The fact that those influences seek to buy up much of North American assets, including businesses going bankrupt due to the crisis created with the virus, tells us this is not some random global challenge related to a disease. It’s primarily about an economic take-over using a pandemic as cover for it, even while the virus is genuinely affecting some people (with a recovery rate of over 99%).

On the surface the situation may look very dire for Canada at this point. There’s talk about how much some of our government officials are subject to those of other nations. Foreigners wearing uniforms show up to ‘assist’ our homegrown law enforcement officers to exercise control and authority that is not supported by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. So what can be done, if anything, to stem the tide of foreign economic influence in Canada?

In a nutshell, the answer is to get back to the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation. There we find solutions that work regardless of how much the odds are stacked against us. The Bible tells us how to receive life in Christ that raises us up as overcomers in this world, especially related to financial matters. But we need to not just read scriptures; we must put them into practice, now!

The fundamental difference between non-Christian nations and Canada is the difference between atheism and the Judeo-Christian faith. To the extent that we reject the latter, we are subject to the former because we are left trying to resolve things in our own strength rather than at the hand of God. To engage in JudeoChristian faith the way the Bible advocates it is to find a very real God – Creator of the universe – standing by ready to do what the Bible says He will do on behalf of those who seek Him. The only way to discover this by experience is to try.

In Him, there is a realm of existence in this world that does not depend on money as the bottom line. It begins by opening our hearts and minds to the possibility that He’s even real. It’s not wrong to simply pray ‘God I don’t even know if you exist. I invite you to show me something new that raises me up as an overcomer of all evil now befalling my home nation of Canada.’ Then wait and see what happens. God knows how to answer in a way that reaches us right where we currently are in our thinking and beliefs.

Jesus, also known as Immanuel (God with us) said we must be born again in a spiritual sense to enter into this realm of the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23; John 3:1-8). We do this by praying for Him to come into our lives as Lord and Saviour, and to baptize us with His Holy Spirit. It begins within us like a seed that sprouts into new life generated from the Kingdom of God in our own hearts. It brings forth new understand and revelation from God about how to navigate through life in this world. It shows us how to over-rule evil influences exploiting us through financial means.

Then we study the scriptures about how to overcome, as we feel led by the Holy Spirit within us. The New Testament verses teach about the life of Christ as the solution to money becoming an idol in our lives. It’s a mistake to give higher priority to Old Testament scriptures about money at the cost of what is taught in the New Testament, because in the fullness of the gospel the Old Testament teachings fell short.

That’s why Christ came in the flesh to set things right. The old teachings about money gave way to idolatry in God’s face, because there was no instruction on how to first be delivered from the sinful nature of humanity. The Spirit of Christ within us leads us to use money as part of following the way of His sacrificial love for others. It compels us to repent of things like greed and pride along the way. Then we use money differently than the ways described in the Old Testament where it became a source of personal power for some to rule over others.

In this world the way of money tells us that the less we spend on something, the better. If we believe the bottom line in everything is the almighty dollar, then a good bargain is always better than stepping out in faith to pay more for a better quality product if that’s what sustains a local family, even if the cheaper item is made in a slave-owning dictatorship on the other side of the world. In the end we may pay much more to have the thing fixed or replaced, than if we bought a better product in the first place.

When we always choose the lowest price we promote the most cheaply made products. For example, there was a time when Canada had its own clothing stores like Zellers or Sears where we found beautiful clothing made from natural materials for a relatively good price. Other cheaper stores offered substandard alternatives made from synthetics like polyester which, over time, have become so cheaply made they now feel almost like tissue paper.

Still, the more people bought the cheaper clothes the more they contributed to the loss of Canadian stores which translated into the loss of Canadian jobs. That continued the spiral of trying to spend as little as possible. The same is true for every other business where decades’ worth of thinking cheaper is better has led to the loss of good quality products, followed by a loss of local jobs. This is only one way that we end up in a position of being taken over by a larger nation that has no problem treating its citizens like slaves to gain a financial advantage.

The Holy Bible holds the keys for a great comeback from all of this, on a personal level. It begins by following the instructions to find a two-way relationship with the Living God through Jesus Christ. It continues by studying the teachings about how to handle money in the Kingdom of God, especially in the face of adversity. Both the Old and New Testaments give examples of how it’s done at the hand of God to over-rule the schemes of the enemy.

In 2 Corinthians 8 we learn that it’s good to have financial equality among believers so that none has too much and none has too little. This is not about enforcing a system of political communism where the individual owns nothing, but it’s done of a person’s own free will or not: entirely their choice. It explains how God loves a cheerful giver who gives not under compulsion but out of a place of love and good-will for others.

In the first five chapters of Acts we can read of how the early Church functioned much like a family with believers sharing what they had with each other. It was not under any kind of religious legalistic rules but only because they loved each other. They gave as anyone had a need so all would be equipped to carry out the goal of spreading the gospel.

On the other hand, in Acts 5 one of the believers sold some property to use the money to support the church. But instead of giving it all, he secretly held some back for himself. The problem wasn’t that he kept something that he already owned, but that he lied about it. In verse 4 he was essentially told ‘wasn’t it already yours? And after it was sold wasn’t the money at your disposal to do with what you wanted? So why lie about it?’ There was no sense that those who shared their possessions and money were behaving like some kind of cult with no freedom to make their own decisions.

Another parable Jesus gave, involved a landowner who hired people to help bring in the harvest (Matthew 20). He hired three sets of people at three different times of day which meant some worked longer hours than others. Still at the end of the day he gave each one the same pay that was promised to those who started earliest. When those who worked the longest complained, he said to them ‘Don’t I have a right to do what I want with my own money?’

This was an analogy for the Kingdom of God which does not function like a communist system of this world but God Himself remunerates those who work for the common cause as He sees fit. If He wants to give something more to those who show up later it’s entirely His call. Freedom of choice is just as important for the employer as it is for the employee who can walk away if he or she doesn’t like the conditions.

So the teachings of 2 Corinthians 8 are not meant to promote a communist system. Personal sovereignty is extremely important in the Kingdom of God, based on a personal relationship with Himself. This frees up individual believers from having to subject themselves to various ministries that function like pyramid business schemes.

The leaders of such ministries make a grievous mistake of side-stepping many New Testament scriptures related to sharing in the suffering of Christ as part of sharing in His glory; while at the same time claiming Old Testament scriptures out of context to acquire wealth in a legalistic fashion (Romans 8:17). We will hear them railing about the dangers of not tithing, for example, while completely ignoring the fact that they are living like royalty in the faces of many destitute believers and failing utterly to ensure none has too much and none to little (Malachi 3:6-12).

Still, individual believers can overcome on a financial level at the hand of God without having to ascribe to false doctrine or get rich quick schemes that never work. It starts very much the same way as a recovery program for alcohol or drug addiction, with money being the thing that renders our lives unmanageable without God’s help.

The original gatherings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are a great example of how it works. This began as a Christian ministry where step 3 of the 12 step program referred to the God of the Holy Bible only. Recovering addicts participated in regular Bible study and prayer, along with a commitment to serve Christ, as part of their successful restoration. The same precepts used to treat alcohol or drug addiction can solve problems related to money.

A key principle is breaking life down to one day at a time. Jesus said “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and everything else will be added. Therefore, give no thought for tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:33-34). To put this principle into practice makes all the difference between a good night’s sleep during financial challenges, or the risk of stroke from worrying too much.

It opens a door for God to respond and prove Himself to be who the Bible says He is. He follows through so miracles happen according to our faith in Him. This builds up our faith so we gain experience in walking out our financial challenges with God one day at a time. The next time it gets easier because we are drawn into a relationship with Him. Just hearing His voice becomes a source of great comfort all on its own.

Jesus taught that we can ask for whatever we want and receive it so we can bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God (John 15). This is saying that when we commit to live for His Kingdom on the planet we can find our way into His sovereign will for our nations and have influence with Him about their destiny.

To bear much fruit for the Kingdom involves spreading the gospel so as many as possible find salvation in Jesus Christ. As we do this we have a right to then insist that nations which promote anti-Christian policies on the Judeo-Christian west will fail utterly, so the harvests of souls can be brought in. We can insist that they become subject to the Kingdom of God so as their people also receive salvation through Jesus Christ.

Rather than cowering in fear over what’s happening on an economic level we can go bold in advancing God’s Kingdom through the opportunities presented by China’s aggression. Ask God to hand the nations over to His Kingdom-hearted believers rather than the other way around, for His glory alone and so the whole world can witness that He is who the Bible says He is, and He will do what the Bible says He will do.

In the meantime as the shutdowns continue and the financial challenges arise, other Biblical accounts give examples of how things work in the Kingdom of God. In the parable of the widow’s oil an elderly widow with two sons cried out for help from the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-7). Her husband had died and they had unpaid debts which meant the sons would be taken as slaves after the creditors came to demand payment. Elisha asked “What do you have in your house?”

The widow had only a little oil but after Elisha’s intervention it became an unending flow. He told her to go and gather up all the empty jars she could find, take them into her house and close the door behind her, then start pouring the oil. When she did this the oil kept flowing until every jar was filled. She was then able to sell the oil, pay off her debts and live on what was left.

The same principle works well today when financial disaster hits us. Rather than looking for solutions from the world around us, the main focus should be on ‘what do we have in our house?’ If we are born again in the Holy Spirit then we have at our disposal an unending supply of provision at the hand of God. The Holy Spirit becomes like that widow’s oil which we pour into every empty jar we can find, which comes in the form of empty lives – people who don’t know Him and desperately need Him.

We begin by leading as many as possible to Christ in our own homes. Then the Holy Spirit also blesses us with knowledge and divinely inspired ideas for using whatever else we have in our houses to deal with financial challenges. We pray for wisdom from God to know how to generate income for ourselves right where we are. Again, we can have whatever we ask for so we can bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

And we study God’s Word thoroughly to claim His promises that go along with belonging to Him. We may witness evil people steal and defraud innocent citizens of their hard-earned livelihoods so that a select few end up hoarding the world’s wealth for themselves. But it doesn’t mean they will succeed. Even better is taking the time to develop a Spirit-led relationship with the Living God through Jesus Christ, and waiting on Him to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

Then, as Isaiah 64:4 says “He acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” Proverbs 21:18 says “The wicked become a ransom for the righteous and the unfaithful for the upright.” And Ecclesiastes 2:26 says “To the one who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He gives the task of storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.”

In His timing God brings justice to those who call on His Name. Whether they belong to the persecuted Church in China, the body of Kingdom-hearted believers in Canada, or soewhere in between, all are challenged to rise up in faith in the face of godless leaders who try to promote man-made agendas. When we learn what Jesus meant by ‘you cannot serve both God and money’ (Matthew 6:24), we’ll receive His divine power to over-rule the enemy’s schemes in both nations.

For more scriptural wisdom about money matters from a Kingdom point of view, please see other pertinent articles on this site.