Small Business Saturday
by Jim Josephsen
Sounds patriotic; sounds like a step in the right direction to help a dismal American economy; sounds like a push by the Christian Right, by conservative politicians.
The request was issued; citizens and consumers were encouraged to make at least one purchase from a local merchant on Saturday, November 27, 2010. In show of support for the over 28 million small businesses across this country, consumers were encouraged to buy from at least one of the many small businesses, the many mom and pops dotting the American landscape.
Statistically, small businesses provide the greater number of jobs in America. Yet, small businesses are disproportionately affected as our economy worsens. As the cost of raw materials and utilities continue to rise, as the cost of operational expenses cut into profit margins, as the cost of insurance premiums and taxes increase, as more jobs go overseas, and as American healthcare costs continue to skyrocket; more and more small businesses are being squeezed out of business.
Cunning, government supported Big Business, mega-conglomerates; tax evading, greed-minded corporations, operating under the principles of unfettered Capitalism will be the last to go as the American economy crashes. Before big businesses crumble, it will be small businesses to first lose the battle.
No longer is the question posed, “Will the American economy turn around?” Now many economists are certain it will not and a catastrophic global collapse is imminent. China is growing impatient with the United States. How ironic! The European Union is on the brink of radical governmental change because of a beleaguered economy with five European nations seeking bailouts.
“In the United States, gloom has spread to our policymakers on how to deal with our economic dilemmas. Monetary policy is relatively ineffective because we are in, or near, liquidity trap conditions. Our economy is so weak that lower interest rates and other monetary tools are not working” so writes Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor In Chief of the U.S. News and World Report.
By the millions, Americans contemplate the realities of our faltering economy, nervously fretting, discouraged, depressed, and uncertain of what the future holds; crying out, “Just why is the U.S. economy nose-diving and why is America on the decline? Why is this happening in such a short period of time? Why now?”
The very title of this article provides a key as to why!
Since its inception, the United States has been blessed by a merciful and faithful God. This is a truth few Americans understand and many do not care to hear.
It was God’s promises and a covenant made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that allowed the United States to come into prominence, power and economic prowess, all at the time God chose. Since its birth as a nation, and in spite of its human weaknesses and character flaws, God has allowed this nation to become a dominant force, the likes of which the world had never seen. This nation has been blessed and was a blessing to the world, the result of God’s goodness, not because of any perceived goodness of its people.
The days of God’s blessings and protection as it was extended to this nation are now over. God is quickly allowing this nation to see just how pathetic and dysfunctional it really is apart from Him. The reality of a country hostile toward God is now becoming evident.
The work of the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association has been consistent in preaching that America is a reckless nation; eager to sin, rebellious toward God. It pretends to worship God; its churches and institutions look holy. Having a form of godliness, this nation looks religious, but only on the surface. Inwardly, spiritually, this country is full of disobedience and is disrespectful of God’s righteousness and laws. Sin is driving the direction of this country and its economy.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee …” said the prophet Hosea.
“For my people are foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish [drunken, doltish, stupid] children and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge …” so spoke the prophet Jeremiah.
These words could not be any more true, clearly depicting the realities evident within this so-called “Christian,” this so-called “God fearing” nation.
Small Business Saturday highlights a very big problem within this nation; it emphasizes a root cause of our failures and one serious reason why this country’s economy is failing. This nation is not a Sabbath-keeping, fourth commandment faithful nation.
Let us face the facts as they are. This nation has never been a Saturday, Sabbath-keeping, obedient nation. Yet, in spite of this country’s ignorance of God’s Laws, of His Sabbath day and of the true message of Jesus Christ, God has been faithful and extremely patient with these people.
Faithful, in that “God has concluded” the millions of U.S. citizens who have lived and who do live “in unbelief that he might have mercy on them” and patient in that God has been waiting to see if and when His people would repent of their sins and begin to be faithful and obedient to Him. God is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance ... so wrote the apostle Peter.
God’s Word proclaims that human beings (and His people in particular) are quick to sin, to allow evil and corruption to permeate around them. As sinners, breaking God’s Laws, people begin to think God doesn’t care (or that He doesn’t even exist), since He doesn’t immediately punish the evil. Since punishment is not quick to come, people get comfortable with sin and believe God is actually approving of their lifestyles. They think God is just like them, that they are OK with God. However, God responds, “I will rebuke you and set the facts straight right before your eyes.”
As revealed in the scriptures, God’s prophets have warned His people and the nations, there will come a day when God will require an accounting; when God will show His judgment and His disapproval of sin and rebellion. Throughout the 234 years of America’s existence, God has been patient, longsuffering and slow to anger. But no longer!
The truth of the Sabbath day is available in the book Christians claim to be the very Word of God. God has been waiting for His people to repent, to begin being obedient toward Him and to begin keeping His Sabbath day, Saturday, holy.
Now it is high time. God will allow America to see and understand its failures and sins. God is not sleeping and He is quickly set to bring the just judgment against the United States of America and all the modern-day nations of the children of Israel. God is now setting the facts straight before the eyes of America and the entire world.
The message to America is clear – repent now before it is too late.
God’s Law of the Sabbath day is being broken. That is only the start of the failure of our economy.
From its business practices and business ethics, to the principles of unfettered Capitalism, this country’s economic system is rooted in concepts of men, of what man thinks God would honor. American business behavior is bereft of integrity and void of the guidance and direction necessary from God. God has established principles and laws, which produce economic success, national security and stability, peace and prosperity.
Within the overwhelming majority of America’s businesses today, consideration for God and His Laws, especially His Sabbath day are of little concern. Who cares about the Sabbath? There’s work to be done on Saturday; there’s money to be made!
Small Business Saturday highlights the problem. America’s economic woes are directly proportional to this country’s faltering business practices and its persistent disobedience of God Laws.
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy; so speaks God. America does not keep His Sabbath day holy. America is headed for a tragic fall, as God is now withdrawing His patience, removing His blessings from His people, from this nation. By breaking the Sabbath day, America’s businesses, of all sizes, are adding to the reasons as to why their end is sure and this country’s fate is sealed.
The Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association