One of the changes that I have seen in me as a result of reading the book Rees Howells, Intercessor, is a better concept of a Biblical world view. The idea being that everything in this world, that occurs in this world, that exists in this world, is part of the greater struggle between God and Satan. If we respond to the leadings of God and make a connection to someone who ultimately becomes a Christian, it was a battle between God and Satan that we were participating in. Even though I’ve read it in the Bible, I never really made the connection:

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Satan does not want us to make that connection and will do everything in his power to make us too fearful, too busy, too worried, or too whatever to reach out to someone in need and show God’s love. If we are willing, and responsive to God’s will, we might be able to plant seeds which one day may result in a new Christian. If we aren’t willing, the result isn’t pleasant to consider.

But this worldview can be extended into everything we see going on around us. The corporate scandals of recent years, and the current financial crisis, are viewed by many of my friends as a result of greed, excess, lack of regulation, etc. But when I see it, I view it from a slightly different angle: I see a lack of Biblical principles guiding peoples lives. When our view of right and wrong is not based on God, it can be based on whatever we want. It’s interesting when my humanistic-leaning friends are shocked when they see greed in business, yet are quick to demand the freedom to act as they want in their own lives.

The humanists push for “freedom,” but having no Christian consensus to contain it, that “freedom” leads to chaos or to slavery under the state (or under an elite). Humanism, with its lack of any final base for values or law, always leads to chaos” (Schaeffer, 1981, p. 29).

So the financial chaos we see today truly is the result of the worlds move away from Judeo-Christian ethics and beliefs. But in the end, I’m not worried about the condition of the economy; partly because I know God will provide what I need, and because what I see is a tremendous opportunity to reach out to people who are hurting, afraid, or in need, and show them God’s love.

— Schaeffer, Francis A. (1981). A Christian Manifesto. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

— The New King James Version. 1982 (Eph 6:12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.