Yesterday I watched a video message from one of my favorite authors, John Ortberg, as he spoke at Willow Creek Community Church a few weeks ago (where he used to be a Teaching Pastor). Since 2003 John has been the Senior Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, CA.
He talked about how God should be "enough" for us even during challenging economic times. As usual his message was very challenging. But there was one thing he said in particular that really struck me.
He was recounting a conversation he recently had with a friend where his friend said to him, "We ought to be praying for the economy, but not for me". His friend went on to say, "When the economy goes down the wealthy are inconvenienced, but the poor get crushed".
We may consider ourselves somewhere in between the "rich" and the "poor", but what John shared can be a good reminder for us that while things may be challenging for us... there are others who are being crushed.
What are your thoughts about the state of the economy? How have the difficult times effected you personally? Or your family and friends? What should followers of Christ be doing during these times? What should others be hearing from our collective voices?