Consider the parable of the prodigal son. He too was short-sighted. Asking his father for his share of the inheritance now, he then proceeded to spend it on lavish parties. And when the money dried up, so did his circle of friends.
America is like that.
The headlines the week before Christmas 2021 are that gas prices are up 58% from last year. Meat prices are up 13%. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is passing, and President Biden is signing, spending bills with price tags in the trillions.
Inflation is eroding our wealth, and there is no free lunch. But we have lost touch with reality.
History is replete with such stories. And such may be the end of our American story – at least as far as the United States being a pre-eminent superpower. But such does not need to be our personal story.
Even if we have been prodigals individually or as a nation, we do well to remember that Jesus likens God to the father who welcomes the wayward son home with a feast and gladness.
It’s time to go home, America. You’re drunk and burning through your inheritance at an unsustainable rate.
Will you listen, or will it take getting hungry enough to eat out of the trough with the pigs before you come to your senses again?
Time will tell, and only the good Lord knows for sure. But one can certainly hope.
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