I am not an economist and in this article, won’t pretend to be. Economic theory often confuses me–but I’m not alone. Our nation is 23 trillion dollars in debt and very few seem to care.
But I am an American, a parent and a follower of Christ involved in helping people improve their circumstances by the blessings of God–both in this life and the next.
Thus, I’m concerned that as we reach the twenty-year mark of the 21st century (2020), most young adults I know can’t afford to buy a house in the wealthiest nation on earth.
I think I know why.
I’ve worked with the Salvation Army many times–including 1982 when Air Florida flight #90 crashed into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. killing seventy people. In the days following the accident, the Salvation Army bravely helped retrieve the bodies and comfort the families left behind.
Two days ago, I put money in the red kettle at our local grocery store and spontaneously joined two Salvation Army workers singing Christmas carols to arriving customers. Their service struck me as hearten-warming and typical of those who truly understand the meaning of Christmas.
But a vocal segment of America is not happy.
An American commentator explains why some people hate the Salvation Army.
When I was a child, a treasured family tradition at Thanksgiving and other holidays was to sing the “Doxology” as a family. We stood in a circle before eating our meal and lifted out voices:
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all people here below. Praise Him above you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
We knew to WHOM we should give thanks.
Don’t forget the “whom” this Thanksgiving.