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Are Hard Times Ahead?

There’s no question we’re facing difficult and hard times ahead. I’ve been asked why I believe the times are going to be worse in the future than at any other time in American history. My answer…in the past God, faith, and church attendance were part of the everyday life of the vast majority of the people in our country and patriotism was high. Family was the core of society. Half the population lived in rural areas, women stayed at home caring for their family, making their clothes, gardening and canning. Debt was reserved for homes, land or major purchases and paid off as soon as possible. This is not the norm today.

As a child of the fifties, I look back at the prosperity of our nation. Our childhoods were carefree. We roamed our neighborhoods playing in the streets and parks. As soon as we were old enough, we took off on our own and played until supper time. Though most came from poor to middle-income families, we had most everything we needed and much of what we wanted.

We could work hard and improve our life. We went to school, studied hard and when we graduated we were able to get a good paying job. Though college was important, people could succeed without going to college. However, if you chose attend a university, education was reasonable and loans to attend college were repaid in a short time.

Gradually things changed. Prayer was taken out of schools and the sexual revolution began. Abortion was legalized. The absolutes we understood and lived by were changed. Little by little God was removed from our society, schools and government. Man’s philosophies replaced God’s wisdom allowing evil to move in to take His place. The ideas of “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” changed to “what is my country going to do for me? It’s my right to be happy and the government needs to provide the means to that happiness.”

We have gone from little debt both personally and nationally to great debt for both. Bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosures, large credit card debt and lack of personal responsibility have increased at all levels of government, society and income brackets. The cost for a college education has risen until today it takes years to pay. More importantly, after graduation it is difficult to find a good job at reasonable pay making it even more problematic to pay off the loans.

As the years went by, people moved to the cities. More and more people began to look to the government to provide for them instead of working for themselves. I’m certain many fell into welfare programs even though they wanted to find work but could not find a job. Yet, a great number have no problem taking handouts and even demand more.

Our politicians learned they can buy votes by taking from the working people and giving to those who do not. They call it income redistribution and equalization of incomes. Yet, as the number of working shrinks, there are less and less moving our economy, paying taxes and more taking from it. All this had brought us to the place we are today. There is no question, if we remain on the path we’re on, our country will collapse. We cannot maintain the debt and spending we currently have. The government will run out of money and inflation will steal what little we have left personally.

While all of this has taken place, Christians have stood on the sidelines and remained relatively silent. Now, as we begin to speak up, we are called intolerant, hateful and numerous other nasty names. We are paying the price for standing by in silence while God was removed from the public square. We are reaping the harvest of seeds we sowed of indifference and not standing for righteousness and holiness.

Flee to the Mountains  deals with all of this, in a fictional setting. It gives my personal ideas of what is ahead if we maintain our current path. I invite you to read this story of where I believe we are headed.

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  1. LAstone March 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I see three areas of deterioration in the USA: politically, extreme weather/natural disasters, and economically. In actuality those three are interconnected. The following link and quote discribes in detail what is behind the economic collapse :

    The global isolation and rejection of the USDollar will force the USEconomic participants to bid up the currency required for the many supply routes leading into the nation’s factories, offices, stores, and homes. The USDollar will be forced to bid up Chinese Yuan and Gold ultimately. They will be forced to bid for whatever currency is required for the assorted supplies like crude oil, metals, and foodstuffs, as well as for finished products like cars, hardware, home electronics, and clothing. The process will see some shocking events like 30% devaluations, just like seen in Venezuela. My estimate is that the USDollar will eventually see a 50% to 60% devaluation in total over the next few years. That will cut US personal wealth in half. That will open the door to 25% to 30% price inflation suddenly. The process will cause grand shortages, civil disorder, and perhaps chaos. Violence will erupt at the gasoline stations and food supermarkets. The USEconomy will lose its credit line, and become a credit risk. For decades, the USEconomy has been running up deficits, with no enforcement or discipline or controls, in essence shoving the debt paper on foreign nations in lieu of legitimate savings. They resent it. Foreigners will demand hard currency at a time when the USDollar loses its global reserve status and premier position. A sense of retribution will emerge. As the gold trade finance chapter opens, the USDollar severe devaluation will coincide.

    http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1361998800.php

    • Donna March 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      It is good to see others have their eyes open and see the problems ahead. Now if only we can get others to open their eyes too and prepare for the difficulties coming.

  2. elainemanders March 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Modern culture has turned away from God and the Church has turned the work of charity over to the government. It’s not too late. Christ’s Church, His Bride, can do what she’s always supposed to be doing, loving one another and taking care of those in need.

    • Donna March 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      You are so right Elaine. Years ago before government welfare, the churches and social organizations did this important work. Rarely did anyone fall through the cracks. When the government took over to buy votes, churches backed off and now do very little to help in our local communities. We need to get off our lazy behinds and get to work. It will not only help others, but we just might win some lost souls to the Lord. At the very least, we will plant the seeds in their hearts.

    • LAstone March 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      I’m afraid the gov’t these days is now able to remove our very dignity. it’s completely predictable that everything – including the justice system – will become ever more politicized. And government very rarely relinquishes a power it’s gained. Particularly notable is the Supreme Court ruling in April 2012 that allows anyone who’s arrested for anything – including littering or jaywalking – to be strip-searched. And you thought TSA was intrusive.

  3. LAstone March 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    FYI: here’s an over reach: http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-amish-face-unfamiliar-life-federal-prison-075022390.html
    And in what should be an obvious example of calling evil good: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/07/weekly-standard-john-kerry-to-honor-woman-of-courage-who-praised-terrorism-against-us-and-israel/
    So in one case they call it a hate crime, and another the obvious hateful remarks are hailed as heroic.
    How long before certain christians qualify as terrorists. That’s not a reach when you remember Ruby Ridge and Waco.

  4. sued51 March 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    These are definitely scary times and will get worse before they get better. We are definitely on the wrong path.

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