Last week, Detroit filed bankruptcy in what would be the largest municipal court dealing of its kind in the history of the United States. Detroit owes a whopping $9.2 billion in pensions and $1.9 billion to creditors. In addition, the city is now $18.5 billion in debt.
Detroit is the greatest tale of economic decline in our nation's history, a stern warning to what happens when economic malfeasance is combined with social decay and political corruption.
The only problem is that Detroit isn't the only city that's on the brink of economic destitution. To read the full article listing eight other US cities on the brink of bankruptcy click here.
Do not be conformed to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom 12:2 ESV)
I post this because in my weekly working with people I am talking to hearing a worldview or way of viewing the world that is more shaped by our culture than Scripture. It may be the way their money is spent, the sexual ethics, or how they are raising their children. Unfortunately the list is much longer than the examples I just gave!
I believe that as Christ Followers we are to be vigilant and fight against embracing the worldview our culture presents. Bankruptcy of Detroit is just one symptom of the twisted and warped thinking of our culture. Leaders in the body of Christ must help the church identify the prevailing worldview around us so she can fight against being conformed to this world and seek to be transformed by the word of God so that she can test and discern the will of God. God, raise up leaders who will fight against embracing the prevailing worldview of the culture around them.