My reading habit is to settle on three books and read them simultaneously. Sometimes all three are finished in a week, particularly if my bedtime reading is free from compulsive sleep. When a book is finished, another one becomes part of the cycle. Every few weeks I will throw in a Jack Reacher novel or other fiction work, but the predominate mix of books I read for pleasure are on history, finance, or culture. To me, reading a book is far better than watching a movie. The difference is similar to that of either watching or participating in the Olympics. Reading requires a firing of the mental circuitry that is unnecessary in movie watching. Lovers of scholastics write books; lovers of culture make movies. One is not necessarily morally superior to another, but one is definitely intellectually superior. Watching a movie becomes an escape from problems while reading a book becomes an entrance into solutions. It's one of the reasons why America may be in for a shock in the coming months. We watch too many movies and read too few books.
One book I highly recommend you read is The Debt Bomb by Dr. Tom Coburn, United States Senator from Oklahoma. His book is an eye opener into the dangerous world of municipal and government debt. Dr. Coburn is clear and concise regarding the horrific problem and the painful solutions. The Senator urges a drastic cut-back in government programs and expenditures and warns against the dangers of increasing the money supply to pay off government debt. The Senator, however, fears his solutions are too painful for America and the temptation too deflate the dollar is too strong for government officials. To understand the harm of deflating the dollar to pay off a sixteen trillion dollar national debt, I would urge you to read The Creature from Jekyll Island. This latter book will explain to you how a group of private banks, called The Federal Reserve, is allowed to inflate (increase) the supply of paper currency by creating money out of thin air (computer keyboard strokes) in order to cheapen the American dollar. Without cutting government expenses, the only way a sixteen trillion dollar debt will not completely crush our way of life is for the dollar to be intentionally devalued (inflation). In short, when a loaf of bread costs $50 dollars, a tank of gas costs $500, and a small home costs $500,000, then the government's debts won't seem as big. Unfortunately, this stagflation will bankrupt the majority of citizens and eventually turn America into a dictator state (think 1930's Germany).
It has been rightly said that "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
• From bondage to spiritual faith;
• From spiritual faith to great courage;
• From courage to liberty;
• From liberty to abundance;
• From abundance to complacency;
• From complacency to apathy;
• From apathy to dependence;
• From dependence back into bondage."
If you are unwilling or unable to read the above books, it may be possible for you to watch the following video called America Freedom to Facism.
No need, in my mind, to be discouraged--unless your trust is in kingdoms of this world.
"Seek first the Kingdom of God ..." said Jesus. For all my friends in Enid, I want to encourage you to be a part of a Wednesday night Bible studies (beginning in September) as we examine the unshakeable kingdom of God and why one's view of life and the universe should be unaffected by catastrophic events on earth. In addition, we will examine how life's most basic needs--the need to connect, the need for respect, and the need to protect--are all only fully met in an understanding of, and entrance into, the unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom of God was the message of Christ, and it is the hope of every Christian. If you want to know what this unshakeable kingdom looks like and how it affects you, join us on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Economic storm clouds may be brewing, but the God who loves us rules the universe.
Put your trust in Him.