Do Not Have a Spirit of FearSubmitted by Khomar on Mon, 03/17/2008 - 13:58
Disclaimer: I offer these words of hope to those who will listen. If you do not believe in the Bible, please consider some of the advice below anyway. Fear can destroy us if we allow it, but hope drives out fear.
I have seen a lot of posts recently on Daily Paul that have been designed to illicit fear and panic, but we all need to keep our wits about us so that we can address the situation before us clearly.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
I believe most of us here agree that the economic outlook for our country is quite grim. However, we should not let fear govern our lives and cloud our minds. Will the times ahead be dark? Quite possibly. Will it be a complete catastrophe? Well, this is a more interesting answer. The fact of the matter is that no one knows for certain, and it is useless to panic and be paralyzed by fear. It is possible that things could just get more expensive for a time. Or we may have to resort back to farming, menial labor jobs, and a much lower standard of living for a while. No matter what happens, we should remember the words that Jesus spoke:
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ... Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
(Mat 6:27, 31-34)
The most important thing here is to not allow fear to control us. If you do not believe in the promises of the Bible, consider that we are still a nation filled with promise and potential. We have ample natural resources (coal, wood, oil, precious metals), and we still have the incredible talents and abilities of our citizens. No matter how bleak the days ahead will be, I believe that we can grow through this time and arise much stronger out the other side.
To the Christians on this site, I strongly encourage you in this: do not isolate yourselves from the world. There are going to be a lot of disillusioned people who are going to be lost and deeply afraid. They did not see this day coming, and its arrival may very well throw them into panic and despair. They will need our help. We all need to be clear headed and offer hope and solutions to the people around us.
Now, here is some solid advice which is really a summary of what many wise members of our community have already said. Even if the economic crisis turns out to be merely be a bad recession, these things are good things to do anyway:
- Get out of debt - This is always a good idea, but it is even more important in the times ahead. Avoid using credit cards and pay off whatever loans your are able. Anything that is not paid off could be repossessed by the creditor as they try to save their own businesses.
- Have some fiat cash (physical) on hand in case there is a run on the banks. This will allow you to pay important bills until the banks can open again.
- Buy some food - a six month supply is a good starting point. This is to help get through any possible food shortages or times of intense inflation or instability. Remember, you can always eat the food later even if the economy turns around.
- Buy gold or silver - it does not hurt to have an emergency supply in case the dollar inflates dramatically. This does appear to be a likely scenario as Ron Paul has said on numerous occasions, and gold and silver are a good alternate currency as they have intrinsic value.
- Befriend your neighbors. Become active in your neighborhoods and communities and look for ways that you can help others in the months ahead. If times get bleak, you will need each other to get through them. If nothing else, we could all stand to get to know our neighbors better anyway.
- Stay hopeful. Remember that there is nothing really new here. There have been times like this numerous times throughout history. If we can keep a positive attitude, we have a better chance of weathering this storm and coming out the stronger for it.
Remember, Ron Paul is continuing to fight for our great nation, and we also need to continue to work hard to restore the great virtues of our nation in the ways we can. Help those around you. Show kindness and patience with one another. Educate people you meet, and help them too to prepare for the times ahead.
Do not fear what lies ahead, but take each day as it comes. Prepare as best as you can and leave the rest to God. We will make it through this.
One final reminder: while much of this may very well be orchestrated by the rich and powerful of this world, they are not all powerful or all knowing. They too are human and capable of mistakes. As the prophet Isaiah said,
"Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall regard as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
And in the Psalms:
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Do not fear the conspiracies and plots and plans of the evil men of this world. Do good to your neighbor and live uprightly before men, and we will be blessed before the nations. And pray for the restoration of the spirit of America that we may once again be a shining light to the world.