I get the Living Waters email newsletter from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Usually it's just the type of stuff you expect, but every so often they send something that is brutally honest:
It's 2009 and experts are full of doom about what lies ahead. However, there is one huge consolation about a bad economy. History shows that people go back to church in a depression. So in that sense we are excited about the future, although we want people to go one step further, and join the Church.
People are afraid of losing their jobs, mounting debt, house payments, inflation, etc, and the Way of the Master people see this as an opportunity to pull people into their web. Because, you see, they want to help people deal with these trying times. By putting their trust in you-know-who and joining "the church." You know, the correct one. Theirs.
I'm no conspiracy theorist, but do you think it's possible that George W Bush, who has said that the "political philosopher or thinker he identified with the most" was Jesus Christ, deliberately ran up debt and expanded the government in an attempt to create a depression that would cause more people to go back to church? Like I said, I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the obvious, unavoidable conclusion is "I don't know."
I swiped the title of this post from the Warren Zevon song.