Recession – Economic or spiritual???
J. Peter Daniel
Indeed, recession has fetched gloominess in the world. Even, the ruler of the nations has not able to unearth the reasons or solutions for the same. But the repercussion of the problems are well known by the closure of unshakable business, rise in unemployment increase in suicide rate. The questions rise to each and everyone that why good God has plunged uncertainties into the earth while the economy was booming with development of IT and other fields.
If you flip into the Bible, we will see the same incident happened to Israelites, who God has chosen to be His representative of whole nation. Come with me to the Book Haggai to get the glimpse and solution for the contemporary issues.
1. Identification of recession:
The recession has never come in one day suddenly just like magic. It has penetrated slowly and steadily. For instance, pin hole in ‘HEPA’ filter (used for bone marrow transplant patient) has become useless because it won’t filter dust particles carried by the air. It ruins the sterility and safety of the patient. Similarly, Haggai 1: 6, 7, we are seeing that the people are toiling for keeping their life as a state of art. The word ‘sown’, ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘clothe’, ‘wages’ reveals their quantum of their work and luxurious lifestyle. At last, it has ended up in flushing out in a tiny hole (Haggai1:6b).
Secondly, Israelites has looked much for their hard labour but all were crashed down to nothing. Booming of real estate has become murky. Blossom of share markets has become sour.
2. Reasons for recession:
God has brought Israelites out of slavery to their promised land of Jerusalem to build God’s temple. But these people have started to build their own houses(Haggai. 1:4). They have completely forgotten the purpose of coming back to God’s chosen place.
First, they have said that the time has not come to build God’s house (Haggai 1:2). Whereas, they have built their own houses. Displacement of priority has caused the damage to their life as well as to the nation..
Secondly, Haggai has repeatedly given a wake up call of “consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5,7,15). For, their ways were drifted away from the path of God. They started to choose their own path just like a prodigal son.
Thirdly, Israelites worked and offered unclean offerings to God (Heb. 2:14). They have neglected God in their life. In our life, we are giving meagre amount as a tithe to pacify God and forget to fulfill His mission. God never accepts our own way. He wants us to do His will in our life.
3. Originator of recession:
The Americans are struggling to conclude about origin of the recession. Experts are blaming Globalisation, mishandling of resources, finance policy etc.. The prophet Haggai has clearly mentioned that God has brought the recession on Israelites. In Haggai 1:9, God has blown it away whatever they brought it to their home. He called for a drought on the land and the mountains on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labour of your hands (Haggai 1:11).
4. Solution for Recession:
Obama, the President of USA won the election by coining a word ‘Change’. But he is not able to change even iota of the problems. The problem is lingering and becomes worst than before. The recovery of recession is clearly depending on our ways. Here we are seeing that God is challenging the Israelites to look forward of blessings before laying of stones (Haggai 2:15,18). God showers His blessings when we think in our heart to do His ministry in this world.
Let us consider our ways, shed off the selfish life and move on to do God’s work for His glory so that the nation will prosper.
J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
Kingdom of Bahrain
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1. Free breakfast for school kids in Thiruvananthapuram:
The city corporation here has launched a free breakfast scheme for school children up to the eighth standard in what is billed as the first such programme in the country. The scheme called ‘Unarvu” (awakening), which got underway yesterday, covered around 25,000 children studying in government schools and 15 aided schools in the coastal stretch of the state capital. The project is mainly financed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation with the support of the Parent-Teachers Association of the respective schools. As a beginning, most of the schools served ‘idlis’ and ‘sambar,’ whereas the inaugural fare in some schools included chapathis’, vegetable curry and ‘vada’. “The scheme was launched as we are keen that no child should fail to attend schools because of hunger. A survey some time back found that there are lot of students who find it difficult to concentrate on lessons in classes as they come to schools without proper breakfast,” City Mayor C Jayan Babu said.
To start with, the Corporation had set apart Rs 50 lakh for the scheme.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Free-breakfast-scheme-for-school-kids/articleshow/4641115.cms accessed on 11 June 2009)
3. 119 schools get zero pc result:
The SSC result, this year, reflect poor teaching standards in many schools in Gujarat. Ahmedabad city also had its fair share of zero’ schools their number being 12. Besides, 12 schools each in Vadodara and Surat districts recorded zero per cent pass percentage, while 13 schools from Panchamahal district figured in this category. There are 1,236 schools in the state whose result averaged between zero and 30 per cent this year, compared to 968 schools last year. Of those schools with 100 per cent result, Rajkot district topped the list with 36 schools, while Ahmedabad city and Anand district stood second with 31 schools each and Surat came third with 29 schools.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/119-Ahmedabad-schools-get-0-result/articleshow/4618683.cms accessed on 5 June 2009)
4. Divorce cases filed every day: Between January and June 2009, as many as 1,400 couples in the city have decided they cannot live with each other and have filed for divorce in family courts. A trend is new as the year 2008 saw only 5,000 cases. When the family court was set up in 1984 because divorce cases in civil courts were taking too long, there were 800 pending cases. Today, say family court officials, there are an average 25 cases of matrimonial discord being filed every day. While a mutual consent petition may be resolved in as little as two months, cases are known to drag on for 5-6 years, and more, in some cases.
5. Corporation schools closed down The Chennai Corporation’s decision to merge its schools that lack patronage has led to the closure of 30 schools in various localities in the city. The number of schools run by the civic body has come down to 283 after the merger.. A total of 313 schools – 139 primary, 109 middle, 38 high and 27 higher secondary schools – are run by the civic body. Corporation schools in Chintadripet, Thousand Lights, Chamiers Road, and T.Nagar are among those that have been merged with the schools nearby. “The vacant school buildings will be properly used for achieving educational goals,” said Mayor M.Subramanian. The number of students in corporation schools had increased in the recent years and now it was 1,37,000, but in some schools the number had been declining, he said. (Aloysius Xavier Lopez, http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/10/stories/2009061057670100.htm accessed on 10 June 2009)
6.. Every 2nd student in India enrols in pvt college: Despite higher education being vital to a rapidly developing country like India, the government’s share in higher education — in terms of number of institutes and student enrollment — has dwindled over time. Simultaneously, academics note, the stake of profit-seeking politicians in the higher education business has risen. In 2001, when private unaided institutes made up 42.6% of all higher education institutes, 32.89% of Indian students studied in them. By 2006, the share of private institutes went up to 63.21% and their student share went up to 51.53%. In other words, every second student in India signed up with a private institute. Globally too, the private sector has seen opportunities in higher education, but there have been few takers in comparison to India.. For instance, although there are 39.1% private higher education institutes in China, merely 8.9% students study in them. In the US, private universities constitute 59.4% of higher education institutes, but only 23.2% of American students pursue their education in them. “It does signify that higher education in these countries is predominantly a public service,” noted Ved Prakash, vice chancellor of the National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA). Academics in India have researched on how public spending by the Union and provincial governments has fallen. In his work, Prakash notes that between 2002 and 2006, deemed universities — or ‘doomed universities’ as one academic waggishly described them — grew by a whopping 96%. In the same time span, central and state universities grew by a modest 11% and 22% respectively. This unabated growth without any quality check has forced academics from Harvard University to scrutinize this sector and note, “The rapid expansion of capitation fees colleges came about as a result not of great middle-class pressure or demand, but rather the entrepreneurial activities of politicians.” Even the Supreme Court recently expressed its concern about the quality of education in private institutes and the corruption that is rampant there. Within private higher education, the professional streams have seen the maximum growth. Private engineering colleges, which accounted for just 15% of seats in 1960, now account for over 85% according to data from the All-India Council for Technical Education, the regulatory body for professional technical education. From a tiny base in 1970, medical colleges in the private sector have grown by an eye-popping 900%. The private sector now accounts for over 45% of medical colleges in the country. In 2006, Sanat Kaul in his paper ‘Higher education in India: Seizing the opportunity’ highlighted instances of a single politician running more than 100 educational institutes. “There are rampant cases of malpractice in the form of illegal charges for allocating seats from the management quota. Income tax raids have revealed that seats are sold for cash, and a medical seat can fetch as much as Rs 25 lakh. The black money involved runs into thousands of millions of rupees,” Kaul observes in his study funded by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. But none of this has elicited any action from the government. And naturally so. In their 2004 paper, ‘Indian higher education reform: From half-baked socialism to half-baked capitalism’, Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, both fellows of Harvard College, argued that politicians who had been sugar and liquor barons had turned to higher education as an industry because of its high returns.. “Even as political parties rail against de jure privatization, de facto privatization continues unabated,” they noted. Kapur and Mehta acknowledged that while there was no statistical data, “there is little doubt that a majority of private institutions have been supported or made possible by the direct involvement of politicians.” (Hemali Chhapia, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Every-2nd-student-in-India-enrols-in-private-college/articleshow/4682368.cms accessed on 21 June 2009)
(The above news has been taken from Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran website: http://www.glocalleadersnetwork.com