Howdy, all! Well, I would describe the “busy-ness” of the last week-or-so to be at the “insane” level, but there is probably a better adjective… Regardless, you regular readers have noticed that the blogging has suffered quite a bit!
And today will be no exception to the suffering. 🙂 However, let me at least bring a peace offering. Two articles caught my eye, recently, that you might consider reading if you haven’t already. One from the UK Guardian (via Mr. Davis, et al.) discusses why potential climate change (regardless of the cause: man-made, solar activity, etc.) can result in unexpected disasters not normally associated with the climate, from increased earthquakes to volcanic eruptions.
The author has a book to hawk, which can certainly taint one’s views. (Of course, untainted views do exist out there. I hear that Bigfoot and Leprechauns frequently espouse them during their rides in Elvis’ UFO.) But, still, his comments are worth considering — especially in light of disasters prophesied by Jesus Christ in Scripture:
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:7-8 (cf. Mark 13:8, Luke 21:10-11, Rev. 6:12)
The other article involves China’s holding the weakened US dollar and our dependency on their investments over our little, indebted American heads. The article — which discusses what is called China’s “nuclear option” — can be read here (hat tip to Robert Thiel):
The article begins: “The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.”
It’s worth a read. America’s growing (and already vast) dependency on other nations to prop up its economy is making Uncle Sam’s arm much easier to twist than it has been in the past. While many nations still depend on our success for their success (making such “nuclear options” difficult to act on), their reluctance to act will lessen as their dependence on us diminishes or, importantly, when other stakes are considered to be of greater significance.
God warns that the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7). Unless things change dramatically in the near future, the U.S. will begin to experience some dramatic lessons about the eternal truth contained in that statement.