Global Economics from a Biblical Worldview
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by Doug Tjaden, September 8, 2007
What is Money?
Today our monetary system is made up of fiat money - money by “decree”, or simply - money printed “out of thin air”. Fiat money has been tried for thousands of years but it has one thing in common. Every fiat money system in the history of the world has failed. This is a very important fact! Ours will be no different! The question is, when will it happen, and what form will the destruction take.
Contrast fiat money – created by man - with God’s money, which is silver and gold. I believe there is a reason why a limited amount of these “precious metals” have been placed in the earth by our Creator. It was to give us an honest form of money, which would help man keep in check our struggle with greed and debt. God gave our Founding Fathers wisdom to see that God’s money would help protect “the people” from mismanagement of the country’s monetary system by the government.
When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, our country began the long journey from using God’s money – established by the Bible first and our constitution second – to our current fiat monetary system. This private entity, controlled by the world’s powerful bankers, has fallen prey to the greed of man and has maneuvered our economy into a corner that will possibly ignite a hyperinflationary monetary environment within the next few years. The result could be the destruction of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. How did the Fed paint us into this corner?
The Trap is Set
After the turn of the century, the Fed had a major problem - how to keep the economy from entering a deep recession. Following the double shock of the NASDAQ market collapse and 9/11, the Fed needed to stave off a major recession and deflation similar to the 1930’s. To accomplish this, they lowered interest rates to multi-decade lows and cranked up the electronic printing press. This deadly combination saved the economy for a time, however it led to a bubble in the housing market. Our cash flow society took the opportunity provided by low interest rates to increase the size of their mortgage and all other forms of debt. Furthermore, lenders took the opportunity to lower credit standards to absurd levels, adding to our debt woes. This flies in the face of what God tells us in Proverbs 22:7 – “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Today, rising interest rates, falling home prices, and a tightening of credit standards have caused buyers for homes disappear. The imbalances created by this situation have led to what is known as a “liquidity trap” – a perfect storm of circumstances that has caused credit markets to seize up. The credit crisis may have begun in the mortgage market, however it has spread into other markets. The toxic waste known as OTC derivatives, which were used to package suspect subprime mortgages with other debt, was sold into markets throughout the world, rated AAA, or “investment grade”. Now these debt instruments are being exposed as junk, and the reaping of the fields of greed and deceit which were sown has just begun.
In this 1982 movie based on a novel by William Styron, a young mother on her way to a Nazi concentration camp had to make a horrible choice - which one of her two children would she send to the gas chamber and which one would she save? This is where the Fed finds itself today. They are on a tightrope between two horrible choices. 1) Raise interest rates to defend the dollar and choke off price inflation. This would cause huge problems with the mountain of debt our country has piled on and would crush housing or 2) lower rates to save the credit bubble, knowing price inflation will increase as the dollar falls and all those cheap imported goods and commodities rise rapidly in price.
The first choice involves playing with a deflationary depression similar to that of the 1930’s as the money supply is held in check and debt defaults skyrocket forcing mass foreclosures, bankruptcies, closings of banks, and widespread loss of capital as the stock markets crash. The latter choice would force the government to inflate and most likely hyper inflate the currency - essentially destroying it as they pay off existing debt with dollars worth far less in terms of purchasing power. Based on comments by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and current monetary policy, it appears as though the choice will be made to sacrifice the currency. This choice will likely result in hyperinflation and the destruction of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
The thought of this can be quite unnerving. However if you examine these events through a Biblical worldview, you can see how they fit into the progression of events toward the end times predicted in the Bible. Regardless of your view of eschatology, there are a series of events that must happen prior to Jesus’ return. The world framework which must be in place includes:
1) There will be a single
Even with the level of globalization that we have seen over the last 20
years, these are still very dramatic changes to the current world order.
There needs to be a catalyzing event to move toward this world structure.
With a Biblical worldview in mind, I would propose the following as a
possible scenario. I am not called to speak this as a prophetic word from
As currencies consolidate, so will governments. Witness how the sovereignty of European countries has been destroyed as their governments are slowly consolidated in the name of economic progress. With this step complete, the stage is thus set for a one world currency and one world government. As painful and unpleasant as it might be to go through, it sounds like prophetic progress to me!
Tor those in Jesus Christ, this is good news! I believe that God wants us to protect ourselves and our families through this time of change. Proverbs 22:3 says: “A prudent man foresees danger and takes refuge, but the simple pass on and are punished.” The word “foresees” is an active verb. The Bible does not ask us to passively sit and wait to discover danger as it creeps up on us. We must know the landscape around us, all the while keeping long term events in the proper perspective of a Biblical world view. We have history to learn from. The question is will we do it?
We live in very exciting and historic times! We can live in fear or in
anticipation of the events that will bring us closer to the return of our
Lord Jesus, whether that is tomorrow or 1000 years from now. Dangers exist
everywhere – in the culture and the economy. Our focus as Christians has
largely been on cultural dangers. It is necessary to now get the word out
that there are dangers in the economy as well. Yet these changes show that
God is on the move, possibly taking large steps toward what the Bible
describes our world as like when Jesus returns! By foreseeing these
changes and taking refuge, we can protect our families and loved ones,
maintaining the joy of Christ in our lives.
Doug Tjaden is a father of 5 and is a pastor/elder of “The Mountain Church” in Castle Rock, Colorado. He is Director of Administration of Equipping the Family Ministries. Doug also operates a web site (www.traditionsofmen.org) where his heart is to expose the ills of our current monetary system to God’s people. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is