The recent global economic crisis is prompting financial leaders to take another
look at the role of sin in world economics. Looking for ways to pressure
governments toward more integrity, the World Bank recently hosted a seminar in
Washington on the role of the news media in fighting corruption and keeping
Speakers emphasized the need for a free press and for the media to be bold in
exposing corruption and cronyism in government officials. It linked the poverty
of many third world countries to government officials who steal tax revenue and
international development loans. Money which should have been used to build
roads, bridges, power plants and public utilities often goes into the
pockets (or secret foreign bank accounts) of the government leaders and their
Several years ago when Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was forced out of
leadership in Haiti, he retired to the French Rivera to spend his time driving
Lamborghini autos and treating his friends to $2500 dinners. Meanwhile his
abandoned country suffers under the worst poverty in the Western Hemisphere.
The paved roads, power lines, sewer systems, agricultural assistance, schools,
and infrastructure necessary for the economic growth of the country were never
built. The money for them was stolen by corrupt government leaders.
Investments in Russia have virtually dried up as western business leaders
discovered that the government is powerless against huge Mafia like business
cartels who operate above the law. Much of the World Bank loan money which has
already been extended to Russia is funneled off by corrupt leaders and never
benefits the common people.
A recent report to the UN by a think tank specializing in world hunger stated
that global hunger was not the result of lack of supply, but political turmoil
and bad economic policies: "It turns out that (on a daily basis) there is more
than a pound of meat and dairy products, almost two and a half pounds of grain,
and a pound of vegetables and fruits available for everyone in the world."
America has been strong because even its leaders were not above the law. When
they turned to criminal activity, they went to jail just like any commoner. Tax
money and government resources were used to educate the people, provide reliable
utilities to the factories, farms and homes, and discourage evil through diligent
police and fair judges.
But more important, the majority of the people recognized that "Righteousness
exhalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34) As soul
winners, we carry a heavy responsibility.
Our message of regeneration through the blood of Christ is the only hope of the
world. We must persuade as many as we can that the only path to peace is through
submission to the King of kings. If we fail, then the end time scenario of Big
Brother Government will quickly unfold, totally controlling everything including
who is to be worshipped. The Bible says that's what it will be like in the end
time. But it also says that the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
(Matthew 24:14) So we have much work to do.