Even as we see signs of the economy breaking free of its collective depression, many are warning that this may just be a blip. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel may well be just another train speeding in our direction. Whether or not we break free of this current cycle of crashing economies, joblessness, and despair, the reality is that we have entered a new era.2010 through 2020 will be a decade of increased volatility and uncertainty. As global markets become more and more interconnected, we experience together the economic, social, and environmental effects of our world-wide economy.
While the “trickle-down” effect of prosperity failed to materialize in the 80’s, the ripple-effect is becoming all-too evident. What begins as an economic earthquake in one region becomes a financial tsunami on the other side of the globe. Even what appears to be a tiny ripple in one country may swell in magnitude by the time it reaches the shores of another.
Some Christians have responded by predicting the end of the world, saying this is all proof that Jesus is coming back soon and we had better get our spiritual houses in order! We don’t know when Jesus is returning and it’s not really our job to be predicting the date and time. But we are called, as followers of Jesus, to be ready and to respond to the situations around us with genuine compassion, sacrificial love, and the wild imagination of our God.
In this issue is a reprint of an article written for TEAR Australia over a year ago. I’m including it as the lead article because it is still relevant today. And the fact that it is still relevant today is a poignant reminder that this is no ordinary recession. What we’re experiencing today is the result of both globalization and years of choosing short-term profits over long-term consequences.
The prayer this month comes from the heart of a long-term unemployed brother – reminding those who have “escaped” this recession that we cannot remain disengaged from the very real issues faced by those around us. Rather, as a global community of faith, we need a collective balance. Our “Reflection” piece from Pastor Eugene Cho provides hope – God knows our needs and will provide, sometimes in the most amazing ways. The Seed Shares follow with examples of how Christ places on us, as individuals and communities, both the burden and blessing of walking alongside each other; bearing one another’s burdens, and becoming the answer to prayers lifted around the world for healing, hope, and compassionate relief.
Andy Wade – Seed Sampler Coordinator
Seed Smile | Tim Clue on Personal Finance
Seed Story | World at an Economic Crossroags – Trevor Thomas
Prayer | Prayer of the Unemployed – Anonymous Anawim
Reflection | The Crazy Provision of God – Eugene Cho
Seed Share | Laundry Love
Seed Share | Graduated Tithe
Seed Share | Responding to the Global Economic Crisis
Seed Share | Micah Challenge, UK
Resources | Resources