"It's the economy, stupid." In these words, Bill Clinton's successful 1992 Presidential campaign found a resonance with the voters' priorities. Twenty years later, after short-lived forays into environmentalism and terrorism as our primary focus, the economy is back front and centre. Global warming still occasionally hits the headlines, but more often the top stories are about the economy cooling.

So it is timely to see a new book by Dennis Peacocke: "On the Destiny of Nations". The sub-title unequivocally outlines the plot: "Resolving our economic crisis: an informed Christian challenge to absurd economic policies, left-right political games, and to a frequently irrelevant church."

One of Peacocke's premises is that "this economic crisis in not a mere 'recession'. It is the beginning of a global economic reset which God will powerfully use to reorder systems, reinsert within the Christian community a love for people and the desire to serve and influence them with the values and principles of God's Kingdom..." (p.15). The challenge of the hour becomes an opportunity for the Gospel of the Kingdom.

He goes on to share his conviction that,
...as the central governments of the world are defunded, the real social and economic energy will be found on the local community level. Power is going local and moving away from the centralization process which has driven the consolidation of social control over the last two centuries. As the centralized governments are defunded, and many of their social systems with them, this will create an historic opportunity for Christians to actually act like the Christians of the first several centuries and step in and care for social needs on a widespread basis. If we do, it will recenter the 'salt and light' position God has always wanted his church to take in meeting the needs of people both spiritually and in terms of social service. A true ecclesia will emerge that serves society on multiple levels. (p.23)

Dennis Peacocke has been resisting a dualistic view of Christianity for many years, preaching that God's purposes include the material world as well as the spiritual dimension. The economy matters to God. He has also been adamant that in the Scriptures God has spoken definitively about economic and political realities. In a Presidential campaign we will hear widely divergent human responses to the crisis. It's a good time for Christians to consider what God has said, for He is the one who truly loves the electorate and is concerned for their welfare rather than shoring up his own power base.

On the Destiny of Nations is available from Strategic Christian Services, along with many other resources equipping God's people to engage in the culture.