THE UNEMPLOYMENT DEPRESSION & Its EFFECTS

-Andrew Strom + Yves Perriard.

We have long stated that what America is experiencing is no mere “Recession” but rather a new “Depression”. Officially the USA is supposed to be in a ‘recovery’ and yet unemployment remains at virtual “Depression” levels. My heart truly goes out to all those caught up in this. Truly an awful time to be out of work in America.

During the LBJ years the way the US Government measured
unemployment was changed to make it seem “less bad”. Thus
they can announce that US unemployment is now “only” 9.6 %.
But the ‘REAL’ unemployment rate (known as U6) is at 17 percent.
(Over 20 percent in California). And according to the well-known
economics site Shadowstats, if unemployment was counted
like it was in the 1930’s, it would stand today at 22 percent.
And it has been this way for months – with no “recovery” in sight.

But let us leave these statistics and consider the “spiritual”
aspect of what is happening in America today. Despite the heart-
wrenching human cost of such a downturn, is there some way in
which this crisis is actually doing spiritual “good” in America? Is
it possible that it is bringing a turning away from the old idols of
materialism and a real hunger towards the true things of God?

I was very interested to read the words of the Swiss preacher
Yves Perriard who recently ministered to 18 different fellowships in
25 States of America. Here is what he wrote-

“A more HUMBLE and BROKEN SPIRIT.
Of the dozens of times I have been in the States in the last 20
years (totalizing more than 2-3 years when put together), I have
never observed the present attitude that prevails in so many
Americans. The forceful and almost arrogant attitude of self-
confidence which used to say “just do it, we’ll make it happen”,
has been replaced by a far more humble and broken spirit. Many
believers start to realize that God’s dream is not the same as the
American Dream. Their government has failed them, their economy
has not turned around, and the future looks very uncertain. Only
God gives true hope.

MANY HAVE ENTERED a time of SPIRITUAL DESERT and ISOLATION.
I cannot tell you how many times I have prayed for believers who
have lost everything (job, house, confidence in the future) and have
gone through a very dry time of wondering what God is doing with
them. The biblical concept that we sometimes have to lose most
of our securities in order to find God has become very real to
many American Christians. Many of you reading this e-mail are
now going through a spiritual desert and isolation in which your
only hope is God. This is a strong reality that is radically shaping
the very foundations of the Church.” [- Yves Perriard].

Unless you are in Greece, Spain or Ireland, it is very hard to
comprehend what the USA is going through right now. And as
their unemployment benefits expire, it looks set to grow even
worse. Yet it does, in some strange way, seem to be turning
people’s hearts back to God. Dare we hope for Revival in the
wake of such a great Recession? Only time will tell.

I would love to hear comments from readers in the USA about
the “spiritual” changes they are sensing in the wake of this crisis.

Posted in Articles by Andrew on January 12th, 2011 at 2:54 am.

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  1. Jerilyn Capaccione Jul 18th 2011

    Andrew:
    Did you ever hit the nail on the head. My family and I have begun to think we are the only ones going thru persecution, isolation, struggling financially and the enemy coming in like a flood. It has been 6 years since my husband lost his job and in 2008, we lost our home to foreclosure. A family member of ours helped us get a place to live (which we are paying him back for it until it is ours). At times, we just feel like “where is God in this”. He is providing our basic needs but we feel like between the enemy attacking us with physical problems, financial problems and feeling like there are not “real” Christians out there to pray for us, we do feel like we are in the wilderness like the Israelites were. I know how they must have felt, Andrew, because I feel the same way right now. Please pray for strength for our family, Andrew, as we go thru this. I’m thankful the Lord provided a roof over our heads but sometimes I feel like we are never going to come out of all this negativity we are going thru.
    Thank you for your prayers Andrew.
    Jerilyn Capaccione