God’s Bailout Plan John 3:16 -- By: Fred Luter

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 06:2 (Fall 2009)
Article: God’s Bailout Plan John 3:16
Author: Fred Luter


God’s Bailout Plan
John 3:16

Fred Luter

Rev. Luter is the Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA.

For the past several months our nation has been in a crisis.
For the past several months our nation has been in an economic crisis.
For the past several months our nation has been in a financial crisis.

We are in this financial crisis because of greed.
We are in this financial crisis because of bad decisions.
We are in this financial crisis because of bad choices.
We are in this financial crisis because of bad mortgage debt.
We are in this financial crisis because of the pride of many CEO’s.

Consequently, because of the financial crisis Wall Street was in trouble. Now brothers and sisters whenever Wall Street is in trouble, it will eventually get to Main Street. And once it gets to Main Street you can rest assured it will not take much longer to get to “your street” and then “my street”! Our nation was facing the worst financial crisis since 1929 which led to the Great Depression.

Major insurance companies like AIG were in trouble!
Major investment banks like Lehman Brothers were in trouble!
Major mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in trouble! As a matter of fact they got divorced over this financial crisis (smile)!

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted!

Wall Street cried out for HELP!
AIG cried out for HELP!
Lehman Brothers cried out for HELP!
Fannie Mae cried out for HELP!
Freddie Mac cried out for HELP!
The BIG THREE – Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors cried out for HELP!
Our former president George Bush warned Congress that our nation was on the brink of disaster.
Something had to be done.
We need a bill to be passed.
We need to be rescued from this disaster.

The alarm was sounding! Hearts were pounding! And after a week long debate Congress eventually passed a $700 billion dollar bailout package to rescue, to redeem, to save our battered financial industry, thereby rescuing Wall Street, Main Street, Your Street, and My Street from a crisis.

Well, in like manner my brothers and my sisters, a little over 2, 000 years ago our world was in another crisis. Our society was in another crisis.

Not necessarily an economic crisis, it was worse than that!
Not necessarily a financial crisis, it was worse than that!
Not necessarily a Wall Street crisis, it was worse than that!
IT WAS A SPIRITUAL CRISIS!
Man had sinned against God. Man had rebelled against G...

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