The credit crunch, short selling, idolatry… as belts tighten blame is apportioned, America dreads the ‘creeping onset of socialism’ as they rush to shore up their over burdened banks. Meanwhile the Church stands accused as Archbishops publically declare that short selling is idolatorous, and Ekklesia writers point out the Church’s fund managers have been engaged in the very same activity.
But whatever your opinion on the outcome, (all right thinking people will join me in a march on the capital and a socialist uprising of course) let’s not happily apportion blame to others.
We’re all in this mess, and we’ve all contributed to it. If you have a bank account, you are part of the system. If you use oil based products, you’re part of the problem. If you own a house, then you have probably contributed to house price inflation. You may not like to admit this, but its true of you, and its true of me. Are you earning interest on savings? Where do you think that comes from? Has your house gone up in value? What is your computer made of?
We are all part of an iniquitous and heinous system, a system which is based upon greed and idolatry. Let’s not engage in schadenfreude, nor loftily apportion blame. Instead, lets recognise that this is a wonderful opportunity to engage in hospitality, to share resources, to help those in need around us. On a bigger scale it would be wonderful if there was a real change in the economic systems, of course I would be all for that, what with being a commie and all… 🙂 but I cant see it happening, not yet anyhow.
But while the macro may not be in our hands, the micro is, lets work together to see change on the grassroots, and that could be as simple as you like, as St David said: “Do the little things…”