Monday, November 17, 2008

Exodus

...in the original Greek, it means departure. A quick Google of the word brings up everything from a Thrash Metal Band to a "ministry" that helps guide people through "leaving homosexuality." Sigh. For North American church people, the word usually conjures up the second book of the Old Testament...the one full of wild stories of Moses and God's chosen ones leaving Egypt. It was the source of inspiration for my young, soulful friend Ashlee, who I heard preach yesterday (although I believe she'd call it a talk, not a sermon...which I like). The text of the day was Exodus 32 - the golden calf chapter, for those who know their Bible stories. For a quick visual yank of our ever self-righteous "Who-me? I-have-no other-gods-before-God" cords, Ashlee shared this photo: I am, apparently, the last blogger of faith to see this picture, which was taken on October 29 in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Who knew there was a bronze statue of a bull there? And that Christians would ever be caught praying with their hands on the thing? It looks bad. Especially in light of Exodus 32. I checked out the stated intent behind the gathering. The call to pray for the globe's economy at the NYSE was issued by a group known as Generals International. The lead "prophet" of the bunch is Cindy Jacobs. She's had a vision from God regarding "achieving societal transformation through intercession." On this particular day - October 29 - she issued a prayer guide for her troops with ten "prayer points." Please indulge me while I innumerate:
  1. The market must hold.
  2. Pray that the credit gates will open up.
  3. Intercede for fiscal policy changes
  4. Pray the media will become a source of hope.
  5. Repent for the Baby boomer generation
  6. Intercede for new wineskin strategies.
  7. Pray for business people to be able to implement what they have planned for in the transfer of wealth.
  8. Ask God to help you be at the right place at the right time to reap what God has stored up for you.
  9. Pray for wisdom and a strategic path.
  10. Intercede that great wealth will be released during these times for the "corporate Joseph" shift.
Oh my! I've been a churchgoer for 35 years, and I can't crack the code on a few of these sentences. In general I'd say it appears Ms. Jacobs was suggesting Christians gather worldwide at key financial institutions to pray that said Christians would come out of the current financial holocaust unscathed. And, unchanged (unless richer somehow). And, unaware, still, of the disparity between people who have money tied up in the stock markets of the world, and the rest of the world's population (85-90% of the rest of the world, to be exact). I saw no mention of unbalanced household economies of the world. So, here are some prayer points for you, from the World Institute for Development Economics Research:
  1. Adults making $2,138 a year are part of the wealthiest half of the world (top 50%).
  2. Adults making $61,000 a year are in the top 10% of the world's richest.
  3. Adults making $510,000 a year are in the dreamy top 1% of the world's wealthiest.
  4. The richest 2% of the world's adults own more than half of all global wealth.
  5. People in the top 10% are 400 times richer than people in the bottom 50%.
  6. People in the top 1% are almost 2,000 times richer than people in the bottom 50%.
I say it's time for Christians to take their hands off the holy cow and put them in their jingling pockets while they count their blessings and face the One who said...To whom much is given, much is required. Unless Christians are going to pray for our current economic turmoil to somehow create an opportunity to close the wealth gap in the world, I think it's time for Believers in Jesus to make a quick Exodus from the conversation. Otherwise, it's just too embarrassing. Peace.

1 comment:

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Well Said!

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