Friday, November 13, 2009

Jobs Summit

President Obama announced a December jobs summit in the wake of the Labor Department reported another 502,000 new jobless claims and the unemployment rate growing to 10.2 percent. Our president got elected due in large part to his eloquent oratory and seems to think that community organizing style talk will inspire people to do something that magically creates more jobs.

While mesmerizing speech making will likely fail to create more jobs, it certainly did help Barack Obama get elected president. I was fascinated during the election by how he could say so much so well without really imparting anything of substance; yet the public was so enthralled by his speeches. I am convinced that the reason the Obama oratory was so successful in bringing him into power is that the public is now more easily swayed by this characteristic.

The rapid rise to power of Barack Obama shows that conditions are favorable for the Antichrist to come to power because this is how it will happen... "I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words" (Daniel 7:8, NKJ). The Antichrist will also be a charismatic speech maker; and he will use that skill to come into power... "And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue" (Daniel 11:21).

I am skeptical that our president really wants to create jobs. He has to talk about it because so many people are hurting by being out of work. I'm sure he will claim progress by saying how many jobs have been "saved" because as bad as the economy is it could have been worse. This is classic no-substance rhetoric which can not be proven. The President has demonstrated that the objective to increase jobs will have to take a back seat to his agenda of fundamentally transforming the United States to be a socialist society. Reducing the tax burden is a proven way to stimulate job creation but this is in direct competition with growing the size and reach of the government.

While resisting the evil growth of government using all the political tools at our disposal is a good thing, we need to recognize that our time will be better spent helping people see that Jesus is the Savior they need, not the government. The growth of the government is inevitable. Speaking of the coming world ruler, Revelation 13:7 says, "authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation" (NKJ). And we know how human run big government will turn out... "all the birds were filled with their flesh" (Revelation 19:21, NKJ).

It has never been more important to be aligned with the Kingdom of God rather than the kingdom of men.

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