9th Feb, 2009

Seriously, Hope Does Not Equal Fear!

After writing that “Hope Does Not Equal Fear” a couple of days ago, I saw this piece in the Washington Times today.

“Mr. Hope has to be careful not to become Dr. Doom,” said Frank Luntz, a political consultant and author of the book “Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear.”

It appears that I am definitely not alone in feeling that much of what is being said and attempted to be done in response to the economic slump will be unhelpful and is being pushed on the basis of improper motivation.

The article begins with these words.

From crisis to catastrophe. Off a cliff. Dark, darker, darkest. Mortal danger of absolute collapse. Armageddon.

President Obama and top Democrats on Capitol Hill are deploying these and other stark predictions of doom and gloom to push through their economic-stimulus package. In terms not heard in Washington since the late 1970s under President Jimmy Carter’s watch, the new president has sought to terrify Americans into supporting the $800 billion-plus bailout bill.

While President Bush was accused shortly after taking office in 2001 of “talking down the economy” – and for saying the economy was “slowing down” – Mr. Obama is using ever-heightening hyperbole to hammer home his message. But the strategy brings great risk for the “Yes, We Can” man, who just three weeks ago told America in his inaugural address that despite “a sapping of confidence across our land,” his election meant Americans had “chosen hope over fear.”

I will repeat what I said before. I don’t want to follow anyone who motivates with fear. Fear is the opposite of love. Fear is not hope. Fear is not the basis of faith.

We must, as 1 Timothy 2 exhorts us, continue to pray for the leadership of this country. It appears they are afraid and are so wedded to the idea of being in power that they’ll do anything to maintain their semblance of control. Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said that the stimulus will be harmful over the long haul, which seems obvious; nevertheless, many congressional leaders continue the rhetoric that the end of the world is near if we don’t spend a trillion dollars (that will all be debt).

Come on leadership – wake up! Of course, they won’t until we do… Cry out to the Lord and cry out to your leaders!

Responses

I think the doom and gloom talk is similar to the way certain authors and publishers (even well-respected Christian ones) predicted doom and gloom around Y2K. Not only does it sell….but it also creates an environment where you can become the hero or savior. If Obama paints a picture worse than it is….and the short-term results improve any, or just don’t get as bad as they predicted they’re seen as heroes.

Also, isn’t borrowing from Peter to pay Paul what got out country in this situation in the first place? So know we’re borrowing more money to temporarily shore up certain companies????

Doesn’t make sense to me. The question I’d like to ask….what role did we as believers play in this crisis? From what I’ve read most of the Enron exec’s were believers….what about all of the Christian real estate agents and mortgage brokers that knowingly financed and sold stuff that they knew people couldn’t afford????

Grady,

Your thoughts are well appreciated. And your last paragraph is essential. How does the world see the Kingdom and how the Kingdom of God makes a difference in and through us? Are we living as though we are a part o fthe Kingdom of God? Are we reflecting His heart, His principles, His love?

Great stuff.

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