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Summary: A Day of Reckoning is coming for all those who are involved in unscrupulous financial deals. The Lord of Hosts will make all things right.

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17 The Doom of Economic Corruption

The Book of James Series

By Pastor Jim May

How hard did you have to work to get your last paycheck? What price did you pay, whether it was in the days before retirement, or on the job that you still have today? Have you learned the value of a dollar yet? How much money do you waste? Do you have mounds of discretionary cash just sitting around your house, money that you simply don’t need, but can use to just blow on having a good time?

The chances are that you have paid a heavy price both in time and labor to earn your paycheck. If you are retired, you are just reaping a few of the benefits of your long life of hard work, and you try to enjoy a few of the fruits of your labor. But I dare say that none of us have mounds of cash stashed in secret places of your home, cash that you simply don’t need right now.

Oh you may have a little savings, and your nest egg might be growing, but it is enough to live on without any income for the next 30, 60 or 90 days? Most of us life from paycheck to paycheck with little left for savings. It’s just a fact of life for middle income, and low income Americans.

There are some people out there who have completely lost sight of the value of a dollar. One such man was Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois who served in the Senate during the 1960’s. He is quoted as saying, "A Billion Here, A Couple of Billion There; First Thing You Know It Adds Up To Be Real Money…"

Now I don’t know about you but “real money” for me starts with a one dollar bill and gets increasingly more real as the bill gets higher. For me, every dollar counts, and I don’t have to about the $100 dollar mark before it really makes a big impression in my lifestyle and financial condition.

Financial corruption around the world is so rampant that it is impossible to even to attempt to put a price on it. Big business has gotten to the point that it influences every election of every government official in America. The man on the street, entering into a voting booth to elect a president, is nothing more than an illusion in our day. When it gets right down to where the rubber meets the road, the people that you will vote for are bought and paid for long before you have a chance to vote for or against them.

There is so much at stake in a presidential election for big business and financial concerns that they are willing to spend billions upon billions of dollars to get “their man” elected, so that their interests will be protected. It only takes a cursory glance at the cost of an election to see that this is true. Why else would anyone spend billions of dollars to elect a man or woman to a public office where the salary is less than $250,000 a year and their decisions are nearly always controlled and closely scrutinized by the party in control of congress?

We live in a world where trillions upon trillions of dollars are flowing through money laundering schemes, illegal business conspiracies, “under the table” contract payoffs, drug cartel and oil cartel deals, mergers and acquisitions. Money flows, either in the form of hard currency or electronic funds transfers, like a river larger than the Mississippi River every hour. While many of these transfers are above board and legal, many are not, and most are never noticed at all.

Crime watchdog groups and police around the world are working to try to stem the tide but it’s like trying to stick you finger in the hole in a dam while the whole dam in breaking apart. The flood of activity is unstoppable.

Meanwhile, the rich get richer, the poor gets poorer; the middle class is disappearing; the rich control the economy, the job market and the price of most goods and services and the poor simply have to comply with what the rich say without doing much about it but complain.

The world has fallen madly in love with money and the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." As a result, what we see is a world that is absolutely evil and corrupt, and growing more corrupt with every passing tick of the clock.

But every passing tick of the clock is bringing us to another point in time as well. There is coming a reckoning day – a day, an hour and a specific point in time where all of the evil and corruption of the business and economic world will be dealt a death blow and all the wealth of the world will be worthless.

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