Anyone who reads Cerulean Sanctum knows that I tackle plenty of business issues and the American Church’s response to them.
Well, I have a huge post coming up that will be looking at the dichotomy between all the positive comments we hear about the health of our economy and the reality of many Americans. For instance, The Wall Street Journal just ran a front page story about our strong economy, while another story on the same page said that singles’ ads are now including pleas for possible mates who have good health insurance policies. To me, that latter story negates the former and tells a much different story.
What I’d like to hear from readers are answers to the following nine questions:
- 1. Are you better off financially today than seven years ago?2. Are you saving money or is the money coming in going out as fast?3. Have you personally seen that giving more money in tithing resulted in more coming back?
4. Do you actually tithe ten percent?
5. If you are married, do both you and your spouse work? How might that have changed in the last seven years?
6. What message do you hear in your church or among churchgoers about employment, finances, and the economy? Does that message reflect your reality?
7. Have you or your spouse been laid off in the last seven years? When you found a new job, was it for more or less money?
8. Have you moved in the last seven years in order to follow work?
9. What extended family lives within thirty miles of your home?
If you find that these questions are too personal for this blog’s comment section, PLEASE e-mail at the address listed in the sidebar. I get many e-mails from people who are struggling with issues like these, so if this is a tough area to write about in a public forum, send me a private e-mail. Know, too, that every e-mail I get like this receives prayer—that I promise!
If you are married or single, please let me know which one applies to you. Also, your age would be nice to know.
I hope to have this post (it may turn into a series) out next week.
Thank you all in advance.