Just like individuals, I think we need to realize that there is a wrong crowd for countries. For some reason America wants to be Europe. I know I already wrote about how I favor the health care bill, but only for a short time as a corrective to the broken system of today. Soon this system will be equally broken and it should be overturned and not run indefinitely.
Anyway, I always hear these people saying how our young people would be such responsible drinkers if only we lowered the drinking age to 18 like Europe. This article speaks to the problems of alcohol in England and particularly Scotland. The fighting, damage to public property and health care expense due to drunks.
"And shockingly expensive, costing Scotland $3.2 billion a year in lost productivity and additional expenditure for health services, the police and other public-sector institutions. Scots are the world's eighth-heaviest drinkers, and a casual visitor to Glasgow could easily conclude that they top the league in public Bacchanalian drunkenness".
One plan to curb the epidemic? Raise the drinking age to 21. Who is following who?
We already talked about Greece and its debt problems. Why do we want to be like Europe's declining nations? How is that the way forward for the US? This should be a warning for the US, as Europe turns its back on God it declines in prominence, population, and productivity. China on the other hand is seeing a flourish of churches and the gospel is growing there as it ascends to unprecedented heights, it's eerily similar to the rise of Korea not so long ago.
We should all be following Christ. Just like Paul said in I cor 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. Or in Philippians 2:5-11
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.