Spiritual Preparation for 1991 and Beyond
INTRODUCTION: As we enter into the year 1991, there are ominous challenges to our faith currently before us and also on the horizon. Uncertainty and even fear fill the air as we contemplate our world and what is and will be taking place. How we view and confront the issues before us is critical. As believers, we must deal with the reality as it is, but in a victorious and faith-filled manner. Today, we will deal with the major problems and challenges facing us and how we can have faith in dealing with them as we should.
I. THE SEVEN GREATEST CHALLENGES TO OUR FAITH IN THE 90'S
1. THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY - Our national debt is now over 3 trillion dollars.
- Two hundred years for the first trillion
- Second trillion between 1980 and 1986
- Third trillion in the last four years
- Next years (1991's) projected deficit is 250 billion dollars (not including 70 to 100 billion government borrowing from Social Security surpluses.)
- THE SAME PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS RECKLESS GOOONMENT SPENDING WERE OVERWHELMINGLY RE-ELECTED
- CURRENT FINANCIAL INDICATORS PARALLEL A 1929 GREAT DEPRESSION SCENARIO
- Debt to GNP ratio is 2.4 (same as 1932) (jumped from 1.6 to 2.4 in the last decade)
- Money supply is decreasing--negative 3.6 in the last year (not enough money to run economy and service debt)
- Huge savings and loan and banking problems
- Stock market volatility (1987 - 1 trillion lost in 3 days--This year even the Japanese exchange lost about 25% in value)
2. AIDS CRISIS _ It is currently estimated that between 1 and 1.5 million Americans are infected with the AIDS virus.
- It is estimated that between now and the year 2000 the U.S. government will spend over 1 trillion dollars to treat uninsured and indigent AIDS patients.
- At the same time AIDS is rising at epidemic proportions:
- Carriers (Gays) identities are protected as well as their lovers or contacts of infection. (Unlike any other ...
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