It’s becoming more and more likely that within a few days every worker within the United States of America will feel the increased weight of contributing more of their finances to ease the fiscal burden resulting from our elected federal government’s overspending and creation of national debt. When the evening of December 31, 2012 passes into the history books, so also will the significant tax cuts of the Bush years expire, cuts that have held back rate increases established during the Clinton era. Plus, as the New Year of 2013 dawns, within the next minute, so also begins the new taxes resulting from the passage of “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” popularly known as Obamacare.
In short, this is considered by many experts as the perfect storm of four tax increases and two spending cuts—an economic typhoon that has been famously titled the “Fiscal Cliff.” As of this writing, you cannot pickup a newspaper, turn on a radio, or watch a TV that does not warn of the upcoming economic conundrum should elected officials fail to address the problem and the United States go over the cliff. What will actually happen can only be speculated upon. Some have downgraded the whole condition by attempting to rename the debacle as the “Fiscal Slope” implying there is no great crisis, only minimal and absorbable impact. However, as every American looses at least 2% of their paychecks to Uncle Sam, that slope may quickly become a cliff to those living without a safety net payday-to-payday.
While we may yet see a remedy and resolve the Fiscal Cliff between the next few days and months, there is yet another cliff that ought to be just as important, if not more so—the Spiritual Cliff. This is the precipice that lies behind the Fiscal Cliff. Its the sheer drop that divides men from men never allowing resolution or reconciliation. Pride and arrogance dwell in these crags, clinging to opinion and intolerance. In fact, I would dare say that we’ve all gone over the Spiritual Cliff and are presently falling into the abyss of despair. All the while blindly deciding that the freefall is only a gradual spiritual slope that will end in a soft landing.
To those brave enough to acknowledge the Spiritual Cliff there is good news! The nation Israel, when held under Egyptian physical bondage and financial burden found a remedy. In Deuteronomy 5:15 we read these words:
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
As they were oppressed, not only falling down a Fiscal Cliff but a spiritual one, they found a hand reaching for them—the Lord God Almighty’s. The Deliverer is only a cry of our hearts away from helping. And when He hears us cry to Him; boy does He come running to save. Read what David learned in Psalm 61, verses 1-2:
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,”
The answer for fearing the Fiscal Cliff is to remedy the freefall of the Spiritual Cliff! God is an ever-present help desiring to save us from destruction, wherever the cliff may be.
J. Robert Hanson
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