We may be on the brink of one of the greatest evangelistic opportunities of all time. We know from Jesus’ words that people are waiting to be gathered into the harvest of God’s kingdom—the fields are truly “white for harvest” (John 4:35). So while conditions are shaping up to produce a perfect storm of problems, believers have an unprecedented opportunity to represent the Lord of the harvest to those seeking His kingdom.
You’ve seen the headlines replete with the news, analysis and projections of economic stress in the world’s financial systems. Both liberal and conservative government officials, economists, investment bankers and politicians unanimously agree that the world’s economic system cannot continue “business as usual” without dramatic aid, assistance, reform or restructuring.
One doesn’t have to look much farther than the financial situation of world governments, including the United States, which is 100 percent in debt in ratio to its gross domestic product (GDP), approaching 50 percent of the population receiving their primary source of income from the government, and less than 50 percent of the population paying federal income tax. In addition to this, the world is running a deficit in excess of 10 percent of world GDP (the U.S. is at 14 percent of U.S. GDP).