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Our nation faces financial circumstances that could spell real trouble for our economy.

Out of control spending, spiraling debt and violence in the Middle East could send our nation into economic crisis. I wish I could report that our elected officials are serious about tackling these issues—but sadly little or no progress is being made.

Newly elected fiscally conservative representatives are being steamrolled by Washington insiders and career politicians who are more focused on their re-elections than on what needs to be done to right our economic ship.

And our greed and sense of entitlement as a people are playing a huge factor in all of this. Most Americans are all for cutting government spending—as long as they are not called upon for any sacrifice. So “Cut expenses, but don’t take a slice of MY pie” seems to be the attitude of too many Americans.

The bible talks a lot about money. Money can be a blessing, but it can also become a chain of bondage. We become addicted to leading the life we lead and when we have to let go of some of that lifestyle, our faith in God is really tested. Do we truly love Him for who He is? Or for what He can give us? What do we think more about—God or our finances?

I confess to you that too often I worry about our personal finances and the finances of our ministry at Q90 FM. I start playing the “what if” game in my mind—just in case God does not seemingly provide for what I think our needs are. And I think if most of us were honest, we would say we do the same.

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation…I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

These words of Paul in Philippians are very important these days. I hope and pray God will bring fiscal sanity back to our nation and that by His mercy we will avert financial crisis. But if He does not, are we prepared to stay faithful to Him? Or will our desire for money override our love for Him—and our faith in Him? No man can serve two masters—who will we choose to serve these days?