by Stan Mitchell
Now William the South Carolinian said to the Senators and Congressmen who were gathered before the President, “Thus says the Lord the God of the United States whom I serve, the stock market will crash one thousand points today, and it will not recover except at my word.”
(Loosely taken from 1 Kings 17:1).
Can you imagine the reaction? The first reaction would be disbelief. Can you imagine a cleric actually believing that God could affect a thing so powerful as the American economy? He would be dismissed as an impractical visionary at best, a little “whacko” at worst.
But what if the stock market collapsed like a house of cards that day? And what if a new Depression took hold of this nation, and as a result the economies of the rest of the world? And what if minister William made it clear that the reason for this economic calamity and suffering was because America had failed to live up to God’s righteous decrees?
The Dallas Morning News might quote him the next day as declaring: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
No one on the editorial staff could be sure, but it seemed as if the Evangelist was quoting some book that he had read….
The New York Times would call his actions treason. Newsweek would call into question his patriotism. The FBI would send its agents in search for him. The good minister would no doubt have to hide by a creek in the Carolinas and be fed by ravens!
Of course, it couldn’t happen. Godly men today do not really have access to such great power. Or do they?
“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (James 5:17,18).
Elijah was, it says, a “man just like us.” But he had access to an extraordinary source of power. That source was prayer to our God.
Have you consulted your broker this morning?
by Stan Mitchell