The Great Recession and Family Life

Here’s a very interesting article entitled, “What the Great Recession Has Done to Family Life.” The New York Times takes a fairly counterintuitive approach to the economic turmoil surrounding us at this time.

Comparing the “Great Recession” to the “Great Depression,” the Times points to the changes that occurred after the depression and what might come about as a result of this recession. Could it be that some “things” have to be taken away from us to truly see the value of family? Could it be that through the difficult economic times we are encountering, we could gain a new perspective regarding prosperity and materialism? Could it be that actually losing some of the things we depend on for our “happiness” will reveal to us the foolishness of our ways?

My prayer is that our nation, and specifically the people of God, will learn some serious spiritual lessons through these tough economic times. I pray that we will forsake the materialism that plagues and characterizes this age and we will cling to the gospel of Jesus Christ and its supreme sufficiency. In the words of David Platt, maybe this global financial crisis will serve as a wake up call for Christians to “take back our faith from the American Dream.”

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