In a lecture we attended by Christian speaker Ed Silvoso, he shared an idea which we have never forgotten. He said, “Systemic corruption is the root cause of poverty.” Silvoso has traveled the world working with Christians to bring about the type of cultural transformations which release prosperity, hope, and the goodness of God to dark circumstances. His stories of miraculous transformation of businesses, schools and governments are extremely encouraging.
With that, please consider this. “Could America’s deficits, trade imbalances, national debt, inner city poverty, and slide toward dangerous political beliefs like Socialism, Communism and Fascism all be rooted in systemic corruption?
Silvoso identifies four types of poverty which together help form the foundation of some of the greatest misery in the world. As we consider Silvoso’s poverty types, and relate them to America’s current struggles, you will see how the systemic corruption of the Democrat Party is driving our nation toward poverty and the accompanying misery. You may even ask yourself, “Why would any rational individual every vote for a member of the Democrat Party – let alone support them with their resources or forward their propaganda through their powerful social media outlets?”
First, let’s look at spiritual poverty.
The spiritually impoverished are those who do not know God as their father. They are spiritual orphans with no one to turn to in times of difficulty. Of course as Christians, we know that Jesus provides the way to the Father, and as such no good thing is withheld from us – even as we endure testing and trials. Now consider that the Democrat Party and its operatives in media and education constantly tear at the Judeo-Christian culture of our nation. Can you see how their corrupt need to gather power unto themselves, by removing God from our society, is bringing spiritual poverty upon America? Can you see how, as you support the Democrat Party, you are bringing spiritual poverty upon your own life and the life of your nation? Is this what you want? Really?
Next, let’s consider relational poverty.
The relationally impoverished are narcissists whose self-centered focus utterly neglects the larger community of which they are part. The political pandering of the Democrat Party which separates Americans into various victim groups, by fabricating “boogie men,” has a corrupting influence on the unity we must have as citizens of America. As the Democrat Party focuses on our differences in an effort divide and control us, their power mad corrupt approach is causing Americans to experience greater degrees of relational poverty. Tearing down our borders is part and parcel with this corruption. Are you sick to your stomach yet? Does the systemic corruption of the Democrat Party increase your resolve to Never Vote for Any Democrat – Ever?
Another type of insidious poverty is motivational poverty.
Those which are motivationally impoverished have the weight of hopelessness on their backs. Even if all is well today, tomorrow is full of fear and lack. Motivational poverty steals the peace and the joy of a better tomorrow replacing it with fear, anxiety, insecurity and even greed. The Democrat Party feeds this monster of motivational poverty by convincing millions that the system is rigged against them. They teach their followers that they cannot possibly better themselves or their circumstances because some invisible “money master” somewhere has decided to keep them down. Despite the fact that fear driven greed may grip some of our nation’s wealthiest members, this Democrat Party rhetoric is corrupting the motivation of people to be all God intends and destines them to be. After all, what’s the point of trying if there is no way possible that anything will ever be “fair?” In this the Democrat Party steals the precious gift of purpose and meaning from human life. This is corruption which strikes at the heart of God’s hope for His children. Why would you support a political party, like the Democrat Party, which has the audacity to steal hope? Why?
The final type of poverty, as described by Silvoso, is material poverty.
Most everybody can relate with material poverty. It is the lack of food, shelter, clothing, and resources which allow for basic survival. Beyond that, material poverty, or hanging near that line, can deprive people the opportunity to invest in their future. The materially impoverished rarely are able to focus on spiritual, relational or motivational issues as their fight for survival trumps all of that. Western civilization has virtually no “survival” based poverty outside of those suffering with mental disorders, serious medical problems, or struggles with addiction – which is a sadness and crisis subject for another blog post.
However, America seems to have a “hidden” depression going on. While the Democrat Party falsely claims that the job market in America is robust, the truth is that job wages are depressed and have not kept pace with life’s costs, educational expenses are in some sort of economic bubble, and the national debt has become a national security issue. Additionally, federal deficits are funded by money creation, and financial markets are either seized or widely fluctuating. In other words, 60 years of Democrat Party policies are threatening to cascade into a type of material poverty which America has not experienced since the Great Depression. Clearly, the Democrat Party’s handling of these issues has been corrupt. What else can you call it? The special interests of the Democrat Party, coupled with no regard for America’s border security, unifying language, or Judeo-Christian culture is a perfect storm of corruption unto poverty. Are you ready to utterly abandon the Democrat Party yet? Continue reading Corruption