"'After one of the most tragic days in U.S. history, how did the President urge us to deal with our grief? `Go shopping.' Spending had replaced thrift as the chief American virtue. Those who had accumulated wealth for themselves and their families were lauded as representatives of the `American dream.' Our biggest trade deficits in history, along with unfunded spending on multiple wars are now bearing their bitter fruit. Reports from many of our pastors suggest that we are moving into a time of very painful recession.
'Perhaps now is a good time to recover some Christian virtues that we thought we had outgrown. I pray that we will be given new moral direction that will point us back (or is it forward?) to the time-honored Wesleyan Christian values, like thrift. Times of financial crisis are good times to be reminded of what's really valuable, from a Christian point of view.'
- Bishop Will Willimon of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church"
November 1, 2008
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