Friday, February 01, 2008

In perspective

Kirk Wellum offers "a Christian perspective on Christian perspectives":
The recent sub-prime mortgage fiasco in the United States and subsequent shock waves that have rippled through the stock market reveals greed and incompetence at the highest levels of government and the financial industry as well as deep seated financial problems in the society as a whole. However, lest I be misunderstood or my comments put any further downward pressure on the stock market, let me say that I am not suggesting that all government officials or finance professionals are greedy and incompetent. Thankfully this is not the case! There are many fine people who work hard to make the system work. Nor am I saying that all people in our society are greedy and financially over-extended. Unfortunately, however, all of us tend to pay a price for the misdeeds, miscalculations or inattention of those who are not as reliable and who take advantage of the situation in one way or other. What I am saying is that for me this is another reminder that those who ultimately trust in human beings and the systems they put in place are fools. While some systems are better than others, no system will solve the problems unleashed into the world by the human rebellion against God. Although we should do what we can to alleviate pain and suffering and to restrain people from taking advantage of one another both personally and corporately, our ultimate hope is in the Lord himself.
Well said.


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