10 June 2009

Poor is the New Rich

It's funny how fashions change so that if you hold onto something long enough it may come back into fashion. For instance, hold onto that pair of jeans from college and 20 years later (if you can still fit into them!) they may be full of holes. Hey, that's the style now. People pay $50 for a pair of jeans that look 20 years old and have holes in them.

Here's another one of those kinds of retro things that is coming back into style. When my parents were children it was way cool to hold onto everything single item you could because you never knew when you may be able to use it. My father grew up during the Great Depression and his generation know the value of thrift and how to make do with less.

Guess what? We are now living in the beginning of what futurist Gerald Celente calls "The Greatest Depression." Those values that my father's generation learned the hard are lessons that we will be learning first hand in coming years. I was reading an article a couple of days ago about how Wal*Mart sees the new emphasis on thrift (from which they have greatly profited) as not a fad but a new trend that will continue way into the future.

So perhaps some of us preacher types who have been trying to share the message of what Gustavo Gutierrez calls "God's preferential option of the poor" (God's POOP) may receive a better hearing now than we did in the greedy 80s and the boom boom 90s. So now when we preach a message such as this verse from the morning psalm, we may expect to receive a better hearing now that the United States is on the path toward Third World status.

Suddenly texts such as this one will come back into vogue:

The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. Psalm 147:6

Welcome back to the future. What shall we then do? Seek first the kingdom of God ...

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