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CLARITY – 5-8-19 Playing the Long Game


A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-8-19

Playing the Long Game

What’s Happening: “The big brouhaha over the threat of increased tariffs on Chinese goods sent the stock market downward, though it recovered some of its steam by closing bell. The existing 10% tariffs will be increased to 25% (Friday) and some tech companies who get a significant portion of their revenue from China, registered a several percent decline in their stock values yesterday. Consumers, who fail to see the significance of this trade war, may change their tune as the outcome begins to affect prices at stores ( ‘”The President’s willingness to risk a market disruption by threatening an unexpected tariff hike suggests that he might also be willing to risk the disruption that formally proposing auto tariffs or announcing the intent to withdraw from NAFTA might cause,’ said Goldman Sachs. Chinese industrial and technology theft, a major reason for the real and threatened hikes, might have to be ratcheted back.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And this affects me how?”

Biblical Response:  “It might not have much immediate impact to anything but the value of 401Ks, but the theft, which has been going on for decades, has indirectly eroded our economy…and subsequently your paycheck. Theft is wrong for anyone (in fact, it’s never right to do wrong…or wrong to do right), whether you’re one of the two greatest global economies or not. Sure, there may be short-term gains but you always pay for it in the long-term (Gal. 6:7). It takes economic bravery to do the right thing sometimes, especially when vindication is slow and not very obvious…but that’s the price of playing the long game. Integrity is not something many think is in vogue for this administration.”

“Christians? We have often been accused of trying to throw our weight around morally, but that’s just the price of ‘bucking the system’ (John 16:33). Persecution is to be expected (John 15:18). We, too, are playing the long game.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be willing to pay a short-term price for a long-term gain…didn’t You?; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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